Support and Networking Groups

Active Support GroupsHaving epilepsy or caring for someone who does can be challenging. When epilepsy is diagnosed, it affects the whole family. Sometimes the practical problems of daily living – from insurance, to jobs, to medical care - may seem overwhelming. At other times, it helps just to talk to people who understand what its like to live with epilepsy.

Some people and their families living with epilepsy report a need for support and education within the epilepsy community. The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest Education and Networking Groups are designed to provide this to those who are interested in connecting with others living with epilepsy, and to learn from guest speakers on topics associated with epilepsy.

The groups listed here are open to anyone living or connected to epilepsy.  These epilepsy groups are not intended to furnish medical advice or professional psychotherapy. The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest is not liable for the information presented at meetings.

For further information on any of the groups listed below, or if there is no group in your area and you wish to start one, please contact EFNW at 206-261-6893 or e-mail mail@epilepsynw.org.

Active Support and Networking Groups
  • Portland and Vancouver
  • Eugene
  • Bend
  • Bellingham
  • Tacoma
  • Seattle
  • Spokane
  • Tri-Cities (Arc of Tri-Cities)
  • Anchorage
  • Coos Bay (OR)
  • Portland & Vancouver Support & Networking Groups

    Vancouver Adult Support and Networking
    For adults living with epilepsy and family members or friends.
    (Bi-monthly – 2nd Wednesday)
    2014: Jul. 9, Sep. 10, Nov. 12
    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Southwest Washington Medical Center
    Health Education Center, Rm. 1
    600 NE 92nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98864
    For further information call 206-261-6893 or e-mail mail@epilepsynw.org

    Portland Adult Support and Networking
    For adults living with epilepsy and family members or friends.
    (Bi-monthly – 2nd Wednesday)
    2014: Aug. 13, Oct. 8, Dec. 10
    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Good Samaritan Medical, Bldg. 2
    1040 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
    (2nd floor Conference Room)
    For further information call 206-261-6893 mail@epilepsynw.org

    Portland Parents Support and Networking
    For parents of children living with epilepsy and family members or friends.
    (Bi-Monthly – 2nd Saturday)
    2014: Jul. 12, Sep. 13, Nov. 8
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Good Samaritan Medical, Bldg. 2
    1040 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
    (2nd floor Conference Room)
    For further information call 206-261-6893 or e-mail mail@epilepsynw.org

    Vancouver Parents Support and Networking
    For parents of children living with epilepsy and family members or friends.
    (Bi-Monthly – 2nd Saturday)
    2014: Aug. 9, Oct. 11, Dec. 13
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Southwest Washington Medical Center
    Health Education Center, Rm. 1
    600 NE 92nd Ave.
    Vancouver, WA 98864
    For further information call 206-261-6893 or e-mail mail@epilepsynw.org

    Eugene Support & Networking Group

    For adults living with epilepsy and family members or friends.
    (Monthly – 4th Thursday) – (3rd Thursday when a Holiday falls on the 4th Thursday)
    2014: Jun. 26, Jul. 24, Aug. 28, Sep. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20 (3rd Thursday), Dec. 18 (3rd Thursday).
    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Location: DAISY Chain
    1262 Lawrence St. #3
    Eugene, OR 97401
    For further information call 206-261-6893 or e-mail mail@epilepsynw.org

    Bend Parent Support & Networking Group

    (Monthly – 3rd Saturday – No July, August or December meetings)
    2014: Jun. 21, Sep. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15
    4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    St. Charles Medical Center – Heart Center
    Heart and Lung Conference Room
    2500 NE Neff Rd.
    Bend, OR 97701
    For further information call 206-261-6893 or e-mail mail@epilepsynw.org

    Bellingham Support & Networking Group

    For adults living with epilepsy and family members or friends.
    (Monthly – 1st Thursday)
    2014: Jul. 3, Aug. 7, Sep. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4
    6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center (Room B)
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    For further information call 206-261-6893 or e-mail mail@epilepsynw.org

    Tacoma Support & Networking Groups

    MultiCare Epilepsy Parents Group
    For parents of children living with epilepsy and family members or friends.
    (Monthly – 4th Wednesday)
    2014: Jun. 25, Jul. 23, Aug. 27, Sep. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 20, Dec. 23
    Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center
    Board Room – East Wing, First Floor, Parking Lot A
    311 South L St., Tacoma, WA 98405
    For further information call 206-261-6893 or email mail@epilepsynw.org

    Seattle Support & Networking Groups

    Seattle Adults Group
    For adults living with epilepsy and family members or friends.
    (Monthly – 1st Wednesday)
    2014: Jul. 2, Aug. 6, Sep. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3
    6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Maleng Building, Rm. #112–First Floor, 420 9th Ave. Seattle, WA 98104
    (Across from Harborview Hospital)
    For further information call 206-261-6893 or email mail@epilepsynw.org

    Seattle Parents Group

    Date: TBD
    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    For further information call 206-261-6893 or e-mail mail@epilepsynw.org

    Spokane Adult Support and Networking Group

    For adults living with epilepsy or family members impacted by epilepsy.
    Date: June 26 (Topic: Service Animals)
    5:00 – 6:30 pm
    Rockwood Main Clinic
    400 E Fifth Ave., 2nd Floor, Rm. 4
    Spokane
    For further information call 509-325-1128 or email to mail@epilepsynw.org

    Spokane Parent Support Networking Group

    For parents of children living with epilepsy.
    Meetings scheduled based on group needs and for special activities.
    For further information call 509-325-1128 or email to mail@epilepsynw.org

    Spokane YEA! Youth Epilepsy Advocates Group

    For teens living with epilepsy.
    (Bi-Monthly, 2nd Saturday)
    2014: July 12, Sept. 13, Nov. 8
    Times and location may vary.
    For further information call 509-325-1128 or email to mail@epilepsynw.org

    Tri-Cities Support Groups (Arc of Tri-Cities)

    Go to local website:  www.arcoftricities.com

    Anchorage Support & Networking Group

    For adults living with epilepsy or family members or friends of people with epilepsy.
    (Monthly – 2nd Friday)
    2014: Jun. 13, Jul. 11, Aug. 8, Sep. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Access Alaska – 1217 E 10th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
    For further information call 206-261-6893 or 907-764-4795, or email mail@epilepsynw.org

    Coos Bay (OR) Support Group

    (Monthly – 2nd Tuesday)
    4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Bay Hospital Community Education Center
    3950 Sherman St. – Coos Bay, OR

    For further information call 206-261-6893 or e-mail mail@epilepsynw.org

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