The MSF Independent Support Group Network consists of 170 support groups nationwide. We believe that support groups truly embody the spirit of our motto: It’s All About “MEE” - Motivating, Educating, Empowering. Support groups exist to connect you with the latest information about MS, to give you an opportunity to share stories and experiences with other people who will understand, to inspire you to discover new strengths and abilities you didn’t know you had, to help you focus on what you can do, to share tips and tricks to help you get through even the toughest days, and to find ways to stay positive in the journey through life with MS.
Support group meetings are designed to be educational, fun, and positive. The MSF provides guidance, resources, and structure while allowing affiliated support groups to maintain their independence. We recognize that each support group is uniquely positioned to serve the needs of its specific members and community. In addition to supporting their members, MSF-affiliated support groups are frequently active in engaging in MS awareness and advocacy efforts in their communities.
Anyone with MS can start a support group and become a leader. Healthcare professionals can also start or affiliate their support groups with the MSF. Through the MSF Independent Support Group Program, support group leaders receive training, ongoing support for their meetings, and many types of unique assistance throughout the year, including materials for meetings and resources for member recruitment.
If you would like to start or affiliate a support group, contact MSF's Support Groups and Outreach Manager Alissa Ayden at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 673-6287, Ext. 141. If you are looking for an existing support group to join, search our interactive support group directory below. Please call the contact person for the support group you are interested in to confirm the date, time, and location.
MSF National Independent Support Group Network Directory
Please Note: The purpose of this directory is to provide information about support groups to those with MS. This list may not be used for solicitation purposes. If you have any questions or would like to discuss information that may be of interest to our affiliated support groups, please contact the MSF’s Support Groups and Outreach Manager, Alissa Ayden, at (888) 673-6287, Ext. 141 or email@example.com.
The Pediatric MS Telephone Support Group meets once a month on a national toll-free conference line and is open to all parents or caregivers of children or teens who have MS. Please contact Elin at (979) 219-1755 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.