Mayo support groups in Minnesota

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Cancer support groups

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Mayo Clinic-facilitated support groups

Below are support groups facilitated by Mayo Clinic social workers and open to the public.

BMT Caregiver coffee break

  • Thursdays
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus
  • Eisenberg Building, Room 9-4
  • Contact: Melissa (Hadley) H. Westerfield, M.S.W., at 507-284-7268

Grief support groups for adults

Mayo Clinic Hospice offers adult grief support groups two times a year. The groups are free and open to any adult who has experienced:

  • The death of a spouse or significant other
  • The death of a parent or grandparent
  • The death of a child or grandchild

Contact Mayo Clinic Hospice at 507-284-4002 or 800-679-9084 (toll-free).

LVAD support group

This support group is for people who have a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and their family members.

  • Tuesdays
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus
  • Mary Brigh Building, Room 5-502
  • Contact: Tami J. Halverson, L.I.C.S.W., at 507-284-2131


For siblings of children with chronic medical conditions, ages 5 to 18. Both programs, Sibshops for younger children ages 5 to 13 and Sibshops for teens ages 14 to 18, meet two times a year. Contact the Child Life Program at 507-255-4091.

Transplant support group

The solid organ transplant support group is an open group for pre- and post-transplant patients and their caregivers that meets every week.

  • Mondays
  • 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus
  • Mary Brigh Building, Conference Room 4-510
  • Contact: Danielle K. Peabody, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W., at 507-284-6658

Trauma Survivors Peer Support Group

You and your support group are invited to our monthly Trauma Survivors Peer Support Group. During these gatherings, you can talk about ways to build your strength and confidence after a life-changing injury. You can gain support from other peers. Snacks, drinks and parking assistance are provided.

  • Second Wednesday of each month
  • 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus
  • For more information, please call 507-284-2131.

Traumatic brain injury support group

This group is for patients and families who have been seen or are being seen in the Mayo Clinic outpatient brain rehabilitation program.

  • Second Wednesday of each month
  • 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Contact: Thomas Bergquist, Ph.D., L.P., at 507-284-5000