Support Groups

Support groups are an excellent source of information and encouragement for people facing life-changing situations. Columbus Regional Hospital hosts a wide range of free support groups to meet the needs of our community. For information about particular meeting times and locations, please call the number listed with that support group.

Beginning Again

Our Hospice Center, 2626 E 17th St, Columbus - 812.314.8042

Our Hospice Center, 245 Norris Ave, North Vernon - 812.346.5944

A bereavement support group that helps adults cope with the loss of a loved one. These groups meet at the Our Hospice Center in Columbus, every Tuesday from 2:00pm - 3:30pm and 5:30pm - 7:00pm and at the North Vernon center every Thursday from 2:00pm - 3:30pm. These are open groups and no registration is necessary. For more information, call 812.314.8042 or 800.841.4938 Ext 8042 or email [email protected].

Breastfeeding Support

LaLeche League (LLL) Breastfeeding Cafe’ - Mothering Essentials, 424 Washington St, Columbus - 812.375.3545

A support group for breastfeeding moms that meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Information and support, refreshments and lending library available. Open to expectant mothers, and mothers with babies welcome. This support group is FREE and no registration is required.

Grief Support

Angels of Hope - St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 719 Fifth Street, Columbus - Room 2102

This is a support group for families grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss, looking for ways to find hope again. This group meets at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the first Thursday of every month from 6:00pm - 7:45pm. This is an open group and no registration is necessary. FREE childcare is provided. For more information, call 812.350.5944 or email [email protected].

Lung Disease Support

Better Breathers Club - CRH Lung Institute, 2400 E 17th Street, Columbus - 812.376.5793

A support group, organized through the CRH Lung Institute and the American Lung Association of Indiana, for adults with chronic lung disease like COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer. Led by a Respiratory Therapist & Registered Nurse, these meetings will provide an opportunity to learn ways to better cope with lung problems while getting the support of others who share similar experiences. This group meets at Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey Street, Columbus, on various Wednesday dates and starts at 3:00pm. For more information, call 812.376.5793.

Medically Supervised Weight Loss Group

Southern Indiana Surgery, 2325 18th St, Suite 220, Columbus - 812.376.5640

An online support group for individuals that are trying to lose weight. Online sessions are scheduled once a month and feature a different topic and speaker each session. In addition there are Walk & Talk events scheduled throughout the year that will meet at Southern Indiana Surgery. Pre-Registration is required and can be done online at or by calling 812.376.5640.

Nurse n’Chat

Mothering Essentials, 424 Washington St, Columbus - 812.375.3545

A support group for breastfeeding moms that meet every Tuesday of each month from 9:30am - 11:00am. Certified Lactation Consultants available to answer questions and do weight checks for babies. This program is FREE and no registration is required. Additional questions can be directed to CRH Lactation Department at 812.375.3545, Bartholomew County Breastfeeding Coalition at 812.376.5097 or by emailing [email protected].

Perinatal Support Group

Family Service, Inc., 1531 13th St, Columbus - 812.372.3745

This free group has been created to in a non-judgmental environment where women can share thoughts and feelings, receive support from each other, and obtain information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
This support group is offered in partnership with Healthy Communities and Family Service, Inc. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Family Service, Inc..
Register by calling 812.372.3745 to reserve your seat today!

Substance Use Recovery Support Group

Smart Recovery - Columbus Regional Hospital VIMCare, 2400 E 17th St, Columbus - 812.447.0066

A support group for anyone seeking information and support for overcoming harmful habits. Participants interact and help one another recover from addictive behaviors using principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The group emphasizes self-empowerment. There are four main areas of focus: building and maintaining motivation, managing thoughts, feelings, and actions, coping with urges, and living a balanced life. All are welcome. Meets every Wednesday at 11:00am and Sunday at 2:00pm in the VIMCare conference room.
For more information, call 812.447.0066.

Weight Loss Support

Bariatric Surgery Group - The Weight Loss Institute, 2325 18th St, Suite 220, Columbus - 812.376.5640

These are support groups offered by staff members of the Weight Loss Institute. They cover a variety of topics that can be applicable to both surgical and non-surgical patients. These support groups are offered "live" via an online platform. These are offered 1-2 times monthly on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Pre-Registration is required and can be done online at, choosing support group and filling out the registration form  or by calling the office at 812.376.5640.