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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 alissa@msfocus.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 alissa@msfocus.org.

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 elinphillips@ymail.com for more information.

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BRONX

Bronx MS Support Group
Calvary Hospital
1740 Eastchester Road

Contact: Susan 718-792-3492 / msmeet@mac.com
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Meets: Second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time & location. We are a diverse group of people who care a great deal for each other. Our goal is to grow as individuals as we deal with the daily challenges of MS. We are together through tears and triumphs!


GREENLAWN

Reaching for That Silver Lining
Harborfields Public Library
31 Broadway

Contact: Dennis 631-495-0512 / dennco7@verizon.net
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Meets: First Wednesday of the month 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, & location. What is most important is not what happens to you, but rather how you react to it. Come to our MS group to get information and share with others who truly understand what you're going through. We are a mixed group of people with MS ranging from the fully ambulatory to the wheelchair-bound. We recognize the diversity and unpredictability of MS and help each other cope with the ups and downs of this disease.


ISLIP

New Generation of MS Support Group
Islip Public Library
71 Monell Avenue

Contact: Wendy 631-236-2955 / oneladytruth@yahoo.com
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Meets: Third Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, and location. Our mission is to educate and provide a strong support system for the younger generation of people with MS.


MELVILLE

Long Island MS Social Night Group
Various Restaurants - Please Call for More Information
Come treat yourself to dinner with the group.

Contact: Tracy 516-668-7585 / tjewelrylady@aol.com
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Meets: Second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time & location. Join us for some good food and great conversation. We are a social group of MS people who like to meet other MS people that like to have fun.


WANTAGH

Wantagh MS Support Group
St. Frances de Chantal Church (Back of the School Building, Room 16)
1309 Wantagh Avenue

Contact: Donna 516-279-8864
Contact: Teresa 516-312-6171 / boriquaforever22@yahoo.com
Meets: Third Tuesday of the month from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time and location. We are here to support and learn from each other. We focus on the positive ways of living with MS.



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