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Local Support Groups

Autism

Northeast Tennessee Autism Society
Contacts:

  • Lynne Goug, (423) 283-0045
  • Tracy Gott, (423) 247-2651

Autism in Tennessee
2610 Plymouth Road, Apt. 100
Johnson City, TN
(423) 426-1882

Kingsport Autism Support Group
Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center
V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex
301 Louis St., Suite 101
Kingsport, TN 37660
Contact: Melissa Keeler

Breastfeeding

Ballad Health Lactation Services – for breastfeeding questions or an appointment with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
(423) 431-5432

Ballad Health Nurse Connect – to schedule a prenatal breastfeeding class
833-8-BALLAD (833-822-5523)

La Leche League of the Mountain Empire
www.lllofMountainEmpire.org
Contacts:

  • Katherine, (276) 466-4860
  • Sara, (423) 764-1548

Local health departments – ask for the breastfeeding peer counselor

Kentucky

  • Harlan County – (606) 573-4820

Tennessee

  • Buchanan County – (276) 935-4591
  • Carter County – (423) 543-2521
  • Greene County – (423) 798-1749
  • Hancock County – (423) 733-2228
  • Hawkins County:
    • Rogersville – (423) 272-7641
    • Church Hill – (423) 357-5341
  • Johnson County – (423) 727-9731
  • Kingsport – (423) 279-2160
  • Sullivan County – (423) 279-2861
  • Unicoi County – (423) 743-9103
  • Washington County – (423) 975-2200

Virginia

  • Bristol City – (276) 642-7335
  • Lee County – (276) 346-2011
  • Scott County – (276) 386-1312
  • Smyth County – (276) 281-7460
  • Tazewell County – (276) 988-5585
  • Washington County – (276) 676-5604
  • Wise County – (276) 328-8000
  • Wythe County – (276) 228-5507

West Virginia

  • McDowell County – (304) 448-2174

Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline – 24/7 help by phone from breastfeeding counselors
855-4-BFMOMS (855-423-6667)

Tri-Cities TN/VA Breastfeeding Support Group – join for up-to-date schedules of breastfeeding events and in-person support groups
www.facebook.com/groups/463031180442764/

This list is provided for your information only. We do not recommend one product or service over another. You must decide the products and services which are best suited for you and your baby. If you participate in the WIC program, contact your local health department for breastfeeding supplies.

Crohn’s/colitis

Colonial Heights Baptist Church
Wellmont sponsored group for patient, friends and family
Contact: Kathy Cassidy, (423) 224-5197

Death/grief

Community grief and support groups (death of a loved one)

Abingdon (Virginia) Senior Center
Contact: Tammie, (276) 628-5859

Compassionate Friends, Tri-Cities Chapter (death of a child)
Wellmont Hospice House
280 Steels Road
Contact: Roger Riddle, (276) 669-3222

Farris Cremation and Funeral Center
Forest Hills Memory Garden
19415 Lee Hwy.
Abingdon, VA
(276) 623-2700

First Christian Church
200 East Mountcastle Drive
Johnson City, TN
Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m.

RTS (death of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, newborn or infant)
Contact: Kathi Kiser, (276) 676-4501

Survivors of Sudden Death (SOS) – for anyone who experienced an unexpected loss
First United Methodist Church
Bristol, TN
Contact: Karen Vance, (276) 676-0256

Tri-Cities Baptist Church
171 Promise Land Drive
Johnson City, TN
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Wee Remember (death of a baby)
Lonesome Pine Hospital, Staff Dining Room
Contact: Della Price, (276) 523-8641

Down syndrome

FRIENDS
(423) 534-3795

Eating disorders

Eating Disorders Coalition of Northeast Tennessee
First Presbyterian Church
Johnson City, TN
Contact: Elaine, (423) 439-8000

Foster parenting

Lee County, VA
Contact: Eric Greene, (276) 523-8300

HIV

POZ
ETSU, Hillrise Hall Conference Room
Contact: Robin Lennon-Dearing, (423) 439-6019

Intellectual and developmental disabilities

The ARC

  • Lenowisco Chapter (Big Stone Gap)
    Contact: Claressa Young, (276) 523-4357
  • Sullivan County Chapter
    First Church of the Brethren
    104 Corpus Christi Drive, Bristol, TN
    (423) 968-3502

Bristol Enabling Alliance
800 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
(276) 591-1433

Parents in Partnership (in conjunction with Virginia Coalition for Students with Disabilities)
Contact: Melissa Meade, (276) 628-2979

Mental illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Bristol, TN
(276) 494-3571

Depression/Bipolar

Washington County Public Library
Abingdon, VA

Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church
(small children not allowed)
Kingsport, TN
213 Colonial Heights Road
(423) 276-6241

Mental illness in children (for caregivers)

Family Links
(423) 232-2719

Federation of Families
Supports families in Lee, Scott, Wise counties and the City of Norton
Contact: Brenda or Teresa, (423) 431-4370 or 888-443-1804

Visions for Tomorrow
(for caregivers to children with mental disturbance or brain disorder)

Church Street Pavilion
Greeneville, TN
Contact: Sherry Falkner, 866-337-3291

Suicide

Suicide Prevention Coalition through Lee County Behavioral Health Services
Bill or Phyllis Russell (276) 346-1641

Survivors of Suicide

  • Tri-Cities Group
    Boones Creek Cristian Church
    Johnson City, TN
    Contact: Dorothy Gregory, 877-929-9062
  • Lee County Group
    Lee Regional Medical Center
    Contact: Bill or Phyllis Russell, (276) 346-1641

Parenting

Welcome Home Baby Special Delivery
Free service in VA for pregnant women and new mothers in Bristol/Washington County, VA
Children’s Advocacy Center
(276) 645-5867

Surgical groups

Tri-City Regional Ostomy Association
Gray United Methodist Church
(423) 542-2433

Teen parenting

MOMS-R-US Program
Free childbirth, labor, delivery, parenting classes and support group for girls 19 and younger delivering first baby
Contact: Tammy Henkel, YWCA, (423) 968-9444