Support Groups to Survive the Pandemic

The following virtual  support groups are being conducted to help our community members during the Holiday and winter months. Many of us may feel isolated, lonely, frustrated and/or angry as a result of the pandemic. Others may be experiencing loss, perhaps of a loved one or the loss of work or even social connections. Your feelings are real and we are here for you. To help get through this difficult time, below are several virtual support groups, all free, that you can register for. Additionally, there are contacts other organizations that also offer help. Take good care of yourself and reach out when you need to.

To register for any virtual Support Group conducted over Zoom, please request an email invitation by texting Dorothy Raniolo at (631) 740-1761; emailing dorothy.raniolo@stonybrookmedicine.edu; Lauren Richard-Holt at (631) 683-7773; or Lauren.Richardholt@stonybrookmedicine.edu.

December 2020

EVENING BEREAVEMENT GROUP FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING LOSS: Wednesdays, December 9 and 23 from 7-8 PM

COMMUNITY FORUM FOR SENIORS 65+ (SINGLE OR MARRIED COUPLES) EXPERIENCING LONELINESS OR ISOLATION DUE TO PANDEMIC: Mondays, December 7, 14, 21 from 7-8 PM


January 2021

EVENING BEREAVEMENT GROUP FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING LOSS: Wednesdays, January 6 and 20 from 7 to 8 PM

TEEN AND ADOLESCENT SUPPORT GROUP: Mondays, January 4, 11, 18 from 7-8 PM

PARENT GROUP FORUM: COPING WITH HOME SCHOOLING AND SOCIAL ISOLATION: Tuesdays, January 5, 11, 19 from 7-8 PM


February 2021

EVENING BEREAVEMENT GROUP FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING LOSS: Wednesdays, February 10 and 24 from 7 to 8 PM
 
ESSENTIAL WORKER GROUP FORUM: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15 from 7-8PM
 
PARENTS OF PRESCHOOLERS COPING WITH THE LITTLE ONES 24/7:  Tuesdays, February 2, 9 and 16 from 7-8 PM

If you need immediate help for yourself or someone else, please contact: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, For immediate help: call 911 and/or bring the person to the nearest emergency room/Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP). 


FREE WELLNESS PROGRAMS TO HELP ALLEVIATE STRESS AND INDUCE RELAXATION

The following free online programs are provided by the Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and the Stony Brook Medicine’s Phillips Family Cancer Center. The virtual classes are designed to uplift and inspire and provide connection, particularly for the most vulnerable. Registration is required for all at https://bit.ly/virtualsongprogram or by calling (631) 726-8800. 
 
Strength Through Song Wednesdays Dec 2-Dec 23  11am-12pm  (4-week series)
“Strength Through Song” is an 8-week long, therapeutic singing program.  Led by Valerie DiLorenzo, an award winning Vocalist and Teaching Artist. Participants will engage in singing- based therapy allowing them to voice their struggles, all while cultivating meaningful connections with others.  Class is run virtually through Zoom.  Registration required.
 
Food As Medicine, Tuesday December 8th 2:45-3:45pm
Food sustains us, nourishes us and can help heal us. Join us each month for tips on how to eat better to increase your energy, improve your mood and feel fabulous. This nutritional class will include healthy and delicious food demos to help reduce inflammation and heal the body and the mind. Class is led by Paula Montagna MS,RD,CDN. Registration required.
 
Transformation Tuesday,   Tuesday December 15th 2:30-3:30pm
The Hamptons Method & Beyond. In this interactive workshop participants will develop immediate and practical skills to Think, Live & Be More Positive Now. Hosted by Clinical Social Worker & Certified Hypnotist Albert R O'Connell III This workshop is virtual through zoom.
New Topic each month. Registration required.
 
Weekly Fitness Classes include Tai Chi, Yoga, Chair yoga, Strength, Cardio, and more.  These free online exercise classes are especially beneficial for older adults and people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, or heart disease. Regular exercise can help to improve balance, flexibility, strength, mobility, and cardiovascular health. Plus, it can boost energy, mood, and overall well-being. Visit  https://bit.ly/virtualsongprogram  for more information or call (631)726-8800. Registration is required.