At Torrance Memorial, we know there is much more to healing than the diagnoses and treatments that heal our bodies. To help you on the road to wellness, the medical center offers a wide variety of support groups that nurture the mind and spirit. Whether you need information, guidance or simply companionship, you are invited to take advantage of these helpful groups.

Bariatrics

To confirm classes-call Martha Lopez RN at (310) 325-9110 ext. 30022

Bariatric Surgery

  • Meeting: Every 1st Monday of the month (No meeting in September)
  • Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: West Tower Auditorium, 2nd floor
  • Meeting: Every 4th Tuesday of the month (No meeting in May and December)
  • Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: West Tower Auditorium, 2nd floor
  • Meeting: Every 4th Monday of the month
  • Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Location: Health Conference Center, Room 3 or 4 (No meeting in May, October, and December)

Between Starving and Stuffed

Mindful eating for a healthy weight.

  • Meeting: Every 3rd Monday of the month
  • Time: 6:45pm-8:15pm
  • Location: Health Conference Center, Room 1 and 2 (May, August, November, and December in West Tower, Auditorium)

Post-Operative Bariatric Surgery Nutrition

Nutrition support group is an optional free meeting offered monthly to patients who have had bariatric surgery. It is lead by a registered dietitian. Attendance at this group does not count towards any of the pre-surgery requirements. Email questions and topic requests to the dietitian at Daneivys.Rodriguez@tmmc.com.

  • Meeting: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Location: West Tower, 2nd Floor, Room A

Cancer

Caregiver Support Group

An ongoing support group to provide information, nurturing, and companionship to those providing care for a family member or friend. Caregivers are welcome to come alone or with someone they care about. First session is free, each session there after is $2.00 per class, no reservation needed.

  • Meeting: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 6:30PM - 8:00PM
  • Location: West Tower, 5th Floor, Room H

Women's Cancer Support Group

A gathering of women that offers an opportunity to share stories, gather information and be surrounded by others who have embarked on a similar journey of healing.

  • Meeting: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Location: Hoffman Health Conference Center

Men's Cancer Support Group

A gathering of men with any type of cancer sharing their questions, concerns and experiences living with cancer.

  • Meeting: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Torrance Memorial, West Tower, Room B (2nd floor)

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

A safe environment to share your experiences related to diagnosis, and learn about available resources.

  • Meeting: Every 4th Tuesday of the month
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Torrance Memorial, West Tower, Room B (2nd floor)

Mastectomy/Breast Reconstruction Support Group

This group helps and supports mastectomy/breast cancer reconstruction patients. It is a place where women can share stories and get to know other survivors who had mastectomy/breast reconstruction. Reservations are required for this free group. For more information call 310-784-6384.

  • Meeting: Every 2nd Thursday of the month
  • Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Location: Torrance Memorial, West Tower, Room B (2nd floor)

Cardiovascular

"Take Heart" Support Group

A peer support group for individuals with heart disease and their significant others. "Take Heart" is facilitated by a person who has experienced a cardiac event. This service is offered free. For more information call, 310-517-4737.

  • Meeting: First Wednesday of every month
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

WomenHeart of South Bay

Torrance Memorial has become a member of the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance. This new support group meets monthly to provide women living with heart disease critical peer-to-peer support, information, and encouragement.

  • Meeting: 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8pm
  • Location: Specialty Building, 3rd Floor, Suite 335

For more information on WomenHeart of South Bay contact Lucia Galante Johnson, WomenHeart Champion and Support Network Facilitator at wh-southbay@womenheart.org.

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Caregiver

Caregiver Support Group

An ongoing support group to provide information, nurturing, and companionship to those providing care for a family member or friend. Caregivers are welcome to come alone or with someone they care about. First session is free, each session there after is $2.00 per class, no reservation needed.

  • Meeting: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: West Tower, 5th Floor, Room H

Diabetes

Diabetes Support Group

Sometimes it helps to share with and hear and learn from others who are on a similar journey. The Diabetes support group provides a forum to express concerns, discuss experiences, and ask questions among others living with diabetes. Free, no reservations required.

  • Meeting: First and Third Wednesday of every month
  • Time: 1 - 2 pm
  • Location: Specialty Building, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 350
  • Meeting: Second and Fourth Tuesday of every month
  • Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Specialty Building, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 350

Grief and Bereavement

Bereavement Support Group

Come when you can, come when you must, but know that we'll be there for you. For more information call, 310-784-3751.

Mondays 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Tuesdays 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Thursdays 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Health Conference Center

Pulmonary

COPD Support Group (Lungs for Life)

An exciting support group that will provide information and education to graduates of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and the community, living with chronic lung conditions. Families and caregivers are also welcome to attend. The support group meets every 9 weeks at 10:00am to 12:00pm. For more information call, 310-784-4885.

Stroke

Stroke Support Group

Provides stroke patients and family caregivers education and support; meets monthly on the 1st Wednesday, 10:00 am. For more information call, 310-325-9110, ext 1008.

Other Conditions and Support

Amputee Support Group

Quarterly discussion group to assist in the physical and psychological impact of amputation. 2nd Saturday of month/quarterly 12:00pm to 2:00pm. For more information call, 310-540-3921.

Aphasia Support Group

An ongoing support group with open and facilitated discussions for people with aphasia. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 12 - 1pm. For more information call, Katie or Rina at (310) 325-9110 Ext. 21009.

Depression and Bipolar Support Group

An ongoing support group for people dealing with depression or bipolar disorder. Meets the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 10:00am to 12:00pm, and Thursday 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information call, 310-370-5054 or visit www.dbsasouthbay.org.

Eating Disorders Support Group

Adolescent eating disorder support group led by a licensed marriage and family therapist designed for individuals 13-17 seeking additional support for his/her eating disorder recovery. For more information and for the address please contact Lauren Warren at 562-852-6122 or email laurenwarrenmft@gmail.com.

When: Every Thursday, 7 - 8:30 PM
Cost: $25

Fibromyalgia Support Group

This support group features open discussion as well as education via guest speakers for those with Fibromyalgia. Group is co-sponsored with the Arthritis Foundation. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. Meets the 1st Saturday of each month, 1:00 - 3:00pm. Location: West Towers with parking in structure behind the Towers. For more information contact William Horn at 310-324-6810.

Lymphedema Discussion Group

Offered by Torrance Memorial and offers information and education to anyone i interested in learning about lymphedema. Held the last Tuesday of every month (except August and December), 12:00pm to 1:30pm. For more information call, 310-517-4665.

Meditation

Weekly group for practicing meditation, a skill to quiet the mind and help relieve stress. For more information call, 310-517-4701.

Ostomy Support Group

Provides education and emotional support for ostomates; Facilitated by two enterostomal therapists. The group meets the 4th Thursday of every month from 7:30-8:30pm in the West Tower (excpet November when they move to the 3rd Thursday due to Thanksgiving. The group does not meet in December.) For more information call, AnneMarie Knudsen, 310-548-8558 or email fynrfin@ca.rr.com.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

This support group features open discussion as well as education via guest speakers for those with Parkinson's Disease. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month, 2:00 - 4:00pm. Location: Hoffman Health Conference Center. For more information contact Paul Cohen at 310-200-2575.

Sjogren's Support Group

Group meets quarterly, please call for current schedule. Location: Hoffman Health Conference Center Room 1. For more information, contact Yvonne Hacker at 916-205-1311.

Anonymous Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

Groups meet on Thursdays at 7:00pm; Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Contact Jean Carfagno for more information, 310-784-4879.

Marijuana Anonymous

Group meets on Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Contact Jean Carfagno for more information, 310-784-4879.

Nicotine Anonymous

A weekly, drop-in support group for people who are quitting smoking based on the 12-step format. For more information, call 310-676-5118.

For More Information
For additional information about our support groups, call 310-517-4711