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IMPORTANT UPDATE

For the safety of the MS community and all our communities – we’ve stopped gathering in person for now. However, many groups are continuing to meet virtually. Please reach out to individual group leaders for more information. You can also participate in online groups, including: We are here for people with MS and their families — no matter what. We encourage you to visit our Coronavirus Resources page for the latest information about COVID-19 including:
  • Special considerations for people living with multiple sclerosis
  • What to do if you have symptoms
  • COVID-19 resources and support
If you need additional support, reach out to an MS Navigator.

Self-help groups bring people together who share common life experiences for support, education and mutual aid. Benefits of participating in a self-help group include:

  • Learning new information and strategies for confronting problems.
  • Finding support from others.
  • The opportunity to help others.
  • Feeling empowered and more self-confident in coping with challenges.

National MS Society self-help groups focus on support, advocacy, education, wellness or may be more social in nature.  Some groups also serve specific populations, such as young adults, parents with MS, carepartners or African-Americans.  Other groups may have a specific focus, such as physical activity, wellness or healthy living.

People come together at self-help groups to lift each other up through personal struggles and encourage each other to try new things and live each day to its full potential. Learn more about the sense of community and the power of connection offered at National MS Society groups.

Find a group in your area here, or to talk to someone about establishing a group, contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867 or online.

Find Local Groups

  1. Loudoun County Self-Help Group

    Sterling, VA
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  2. Vienna Self-Help Group

    Vienna, VA
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  3. MeSsy Friends

    Frederick, MD
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  4. Working with MS Self-Help Group

    Rockville, MD
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  5. Frederick County MS Support Group

    Myersville, MD
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  6. Bethesda/Silver Spring Self-Help & Caregiver Group

    Bethesda, MD
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  7. Winchester Support Group

    Winchester, VA
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  8. Springfield Self-Help Group

    Springfield, VA
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  9. Well Spouse Association Group for Caregivers

    Arlington, VA
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  10. MS Family Caregiver Support Group

    Silver Spring, MD
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  11. DC MS Empowerment Group

    Washington, DC
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  12. Tri-State MS Support Group

    Hagerstown, MD
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  13. Columbia Self-Help and Supportive Partners Group

    Columbia, MD
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  14. MS Y.A.N.A. (MS You Are Not Alone)

    Bowie, MD
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  15. Westminster - Self-Help Daytime and Supportive Partners Self-Help Group

    Westminster, MD
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  16. Weathering the Storms

    Catonsville, MD
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  17. The Invincibles Fredericksburg Group

  18. Hampstead Nighttime Support Group

    Hampstead, MD
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  19. MS H.O.P.E. - Healing, Openness, Positivity & Encouragement

    Severna Park, MD
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  20. Franklin County, Chambersburg: MS Connection Group

    Chambersburg, PA
    More Info
  21. MS Baltimore Crafted Hands

    Baltimore, MD
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  22. Parkville Self-Help Group

    Rosedale, MD
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  23. Calvert County Self-Help Group

    Prince Frederick, MD
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  24. York County, York: "Making Strides" MS Connection Group

    York, PA
    More Info
  25. Southern MD MS Support Group

    Leonardtown, MD
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  26. York County, York: "MS Hope Club" MS Connection Group

    York, PA
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  27. Cumberland County: Carlisle MS Connection Group

    Carlisle, PA
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  28. Harrisonburg PALS

    Harrisonburg, VA
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  29. MS Options Support Group

    Charlottesville, VA
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  30. Cumberland County, Mechanicsburg: MS Connection Group

    Mechanicsburg, PA
    More Info
  31. Charlottesville MS Support Group

    Charlottesville, VA
    More Info
  32. Lancaster County, Lancaster: "ADAPT" MS Connection Group

    Lancaster, PA
    More Info
  33. Dauphin County: Hershey MS Connection Group

    Hershey , PA
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  34. Augusta County MS Support Group

    Fisherville , VA
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MSconnection.org support groups have different purposes and serve specific populations, such as young adults, carepartners, or people who are newly diagnosed. 

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