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Many groups are meeting virtually. Please reach out to individual group leaders for more information. You can also participate in our online MS communities.  

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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 or carepartners.  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 - Now Meeting Virtually

    Sterling, VA
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  2. Vienna Self-Help Group - Now Meeting Virtually

  3. MeSsy Friends

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

    Rockville, MD
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  5. MS Support in your 20s & 30s

    McLean, VA
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  6. Frederick County MS Support Group

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

    Bethesda, MD
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  8. Well Spouse Association Group for Caregivers

    Arlington, VA
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  9. MS Family Caregiver Support Group - Currently meeting virtually

    Silver Spring, MD
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  10. Springfield Self Help Group - Virtual

  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 - now meeting virtually

    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. Family Awareness - meets virtually

  18. Speak MS - meets virtually

  19. The Invincibles Fredericksburg Group

  20. Hampstead Nighttime Support Group

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

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

    Chambersburg, PA
    More Info
  23. MS Baltimore Crafted Hands

    Baltimore, MD
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  24. Parkville Self-Help Group

    Rosedale, MD
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  25. Calvert County Self-Help Group

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

    York, PA
    More Info
  27. York County, York: "MS Hope Club" MS Connection Group

    York, PA
    More Info
  28. Cumberland County: Carlisle MS Connection Group

    Carlisle, PA
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  29. MS Options Support Group

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

    Mechanicsburg, PA
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  31. Lancaster County, Lancaster: "ADAPT" MS Connection Group

    Lancaster, PA
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  32. Dauphin County: Hershey MS Connection Group

    Hershey , PA
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