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What people are saying about our Social Support Groups

​"It was so moving for me to be a part of this group today, I've been looking for people like me, feeling so alone in my wheelchair, trapped in bed sometimes, and with my struggles. I couldn't believe there was a meeting full of people who were also housebound much of the time, using mobility aids to get around, trying to live and find meaning with so many limits just like me. I really needed that."

 

Support Group participant.

Social Support for people living with ME, FM and/or Long COVID

Advanced registration for each session is required. Registration capped at 20. 

 

Our professionally facilitated social support groups are scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month (at 1pm PST), and the 2nd and 4th Wednesday (at 2pm PST). We also have peer-led social hangouts in the month, too. We aim to create at least one opportunity a week for you to connect with others in the community.

Our counselors also have private practices that you are welcome to access - private consultations are outside the scope of the ME|FM Society of BC.

 

These are social support groups, not intended to replace professional medical or mental health care and advice. There is no fee to attend. Registration is open to members and non-members.  Group size may fluctuate and is dependent on registration numbers. 

 

You can help us plan ME|FM Society of BC Social Support Group offerings through this short 12 question survey. Your comments will be kept confidential and used only for internal planning purposes within the Society.  

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**New this Fall!**  Based on community feedback we are adding an

evening session on the 4th Monday of each month for those under

35 yrs.

 

Social Support Groups: 

 

**extra session** Coping with Natural Disasters 

Thursday, August 31, 2023 1 - 2 pm Pacific Time

Host: Shannon G. (Registered Counselor)

Register 

 

Thursday, September 7, 2023 1 - 2 pm Pacific Time

Host: Shannon G. (Registered Counselor)

Register

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 2 - 3 pm Pacific Time

Host: Alana N. (Registered Counselor)  

Register

 

Thursday, September 21, 2023 1 - 2 pm Pacific Time

Host: Shannon G. (Registered Counselor)

Register

 

**NEW** Monday, September 25, 2023 5 - 6 pm Pacific Time

Under 35 years only
Host: Shannon G. (Registered Counselor)

Register

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 2 - 3 pm Pacific Time

Host: Alana N. (Registered Counselor)

Register

 

Social hangout - Dinner time!

 

Have dinner with us! This dinner-hour social hangout will provide an opportunity for social connection during mealtime from the comfort of your home!

 

Friday, September 22 , 2023 5:30 - 6:30 pm Pacific Time

Host: Jessie (Peer/Community Member) 

Register

Acknowledgements

 

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.  The ME|FM Society of BC is receiving funding from the community Gaming Grants program to assist the delivery of ME|FM social support groups and other community engagement efforts.

We also acknowledge the generous partnership between RBC and the Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society, the ME|FM Society of BC is piloting a series of social support groups for individuals impacted by what is commonly known as Long COVID, and meeting the diagnostic criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

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Group details

  • After entering in your registration request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the online event. 

  • Group size may be limited to facilitate participation. We will keep a waitlist.

  • This is a pilot program in development; dates, structure and format may change over time to suit the community’s needs.  

Please review our Shared Understandings document prior to the session.

We are collecting feedback on our social support offerings here.

For any questions about this program, please email support@mefm.bc.ca.

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