Your connection with friends, family and others affected by MS is vital to keep you moving. We provide a personalized network of opportunities online and in person to meet others who are living with MS. Stay connected through our kids' camp, family and caregiver programs, self-help groups and social outings that keep you plugged in when it matters most.
Conversation and Support for Spanish Speakers
Native Spanish speakers are invited to join the Café con Leche telephone-based support group which meets once a month for 90 minutes. Topics will focus on areas of interest to people living with MS. Additionally; experts from different areas of specialization in MS will join the group to speak about important topics in MS care. Interested participants can register by calling 1-800-344-4867 and selecting Option 3 (Spanish dedicated phone line.) The group features rolling admission and new members are welcome to join at any time.
MSFriends: Peer Telephone Support
MS knows no timetable – this is why we offer support when you want and need it. The MSFriends program connects you with volunteers living with MS. The common bond of living with MS creates a unique connection. MSFriends volunteers complete a rigorous screening and training program and are focused on the needs of those who call for support. Learn more.
What are the benefits of a Peer Connections relationship?
You can pick your own peer from a list of trained peer support volunteers from many different walks of life.
Connect with your peer which ever way works best for you, email or telephone.
Have confidential conversations with the same peer about the topics most relevant to your life.
How do I connect?
Go to the Peer Connections page and search for a peer by clicking here.
For more information about peer connections, or to talk to someone about choosing a peer, contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867.
How do I volunteer?
The qualifications to be a Peer Connections volunteer include:
- Personal relationship to MS (person with MS, partner or family member of a person with MS)
- Strong listening and communication skills; empathetic listener
- Basic knowledge of multiple sclerosis, symptoms and management
- Knowledge of and access to the Internet
- Dedication to the mission of the National MS Society, and a desire to make a difference for those living with MS
- Available to provide support to at least one peer at any time for the duration of one year
- Participation in continuing education offered to connections volunteers
To learn more about volunteering with the Peer Connections program please contact the program manager at PeerConnections@nmss.org.
The Peer Connections program is made possible by the generous support of Teva, Genzyme, Genentech, Acorda Therapeutics and Bayer Healthcare.
Self-help groups provide a chance for individuals with MS, their families, friends and other care partners to share common experiences and concerns, provide and receive emotional support, obtain information related to the disease and on various aspects of living and coping with MS. Groups are led by people with MS, and all groups are free of charge.
Click here to read the personal stories from a variety of people living with MS.
Young Persons with MS: A Network for Families with a Child or Teen with MS
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada have come together to offer Young Persons with MS: A Network for Families with a Child or Teen with MS. The network provides families living with a child or teen that has been diagnosed with MS the opportunity to connect with other families by offering multiple program options. The network targets two distinct populations:
- Children with MS (18 or younger) residing in the home of their parents or guardian
- Parents of a child or teen with MS
The network provides a variety of programs to meet the needs of these families. For more information or to register for the Network for Families, please call 1-866-KIDS W MS (1-866-543-7967) or e-mail email@example.com.
The network provides educational programs and written materials for children and their parents about childhood MS. One way to get involved is to participate in the quarterly teleconferences offered to parents.
Information and Referral:
Parents can contact their local chapter to learn more about MS and resources available to them. To learn more about the network or to get information more specific to childhood MS, parents may use the toll free number.
Families can gain emtional support through the different programs offered by the network as well as local support groups offered by the chapter.
Through the network, parents can join an email group where they can share with other parents their concerns and information as well as develop a support network.