Support Groups

Lung Health Support Groups in Ontario

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with a lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (chronic bronchitis and emphysema), pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, or asthma?

Have you ever wanted to share your own experiences, accomplishments and frustrations in dealing with this disease? A support group can offer you a place to share your thoughts with others, as well as support and empathy only people affected by lung disease can understand. This camaraderie helps you realize that you are not alone in this journey.

At the Lung Health Foundation we understand lung disease. We know that lung disease that can affect many parts of your life. Many people are faced with the emotional and physical challenges of daily living with lung disease.

Starting Your Own Lung Health Support Group

You can learn more about starting a lung health support group and order the booklet over the phone:  1-888-344-LUNG (5864).

List of Support Groups in Ontario (as of October 2022)

Please make sure to call the group contact prior to attending for schedule and location information. You can also call our Lung Health Line 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) to find a support group or a pulmonary rehabilitation program or exercise maintenance program in your community.

Lung Health Foundation’s Provincial Chronic Lung Disease Support Group

Meets virtually via Zoom or dial-in phone. For more info call (416) 864-9911.

Lung Health Foundation’s Lung Cancer Patient Support Group

Meets virtually on zoom on the second Thursday of every month from 1-2pm EST.

Lung Cancer Caregivers Support Group – Lung Health Foundation

Meets the second Wednesday of every month, join us via Zoom from 3-4 p.m. EST or from 7-8p.m EST for a caregiver’s support group. It’s open to all Canadians at no cost.

Lung Health Support Group

Zoom meeting (contact for details) Group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1:00pm to 2:30pm (ET) Contact Barbara Moore at (289) 440-5899 or catchyourbreath60@gmail.com

Dixie Bloor COPD Support Group

Dixie Bloor Neighborhood Center, Westminster United Church 4094 Tomken Road, Mississauga ON L4W 1J5 Group meets 1st Wednesday of each month from 1:00 – 3:30pm (ET) 905-276-6392 ext. 226 (call first to confirm meeting date) Contact: wendym@dixiebloor.ca

The Better Breathers

Quinte West Community Health Centre, Trenton, ON. Will start January 2023. Details TBA

Contact: Eric Kruger and Emilie Simard

TheBetterBreathers@gmail.com

 

Every Breath Counts

Thunder Bay, ON Meetings currently on hold. Plan to resume in January 2023

Group Facebook Page

Contact: Calvin Young, 807-767-2494

COPD Support Group

Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – 100 Eagle St W, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1J4 Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 3:00pm (ET) light refreshments served Contact: Marilyn Sorochan, sorochan@rogers.com

IPF Support Group – Niagara Region

Niagara-On-The-Lake Community Centre 14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 Meeting details: The 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:00am Contact: Jack Rappatoni, 905-708-2471

BreathWorks Support Group

Abilities Center Boardroom, 2nd floor
55 Gordon St. Whitby ON L1N 0J2
905-665-8500 ext. 114

Respiratory Support Group

Centre for Pulmonary Rehab 391 Main St. East, North Bay ON P1B 1B3 Meetings currently on hold, planning to resume Fall/Winter 2022-23 Contact: Terry Draper, 705-840-2575

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (“Second Wind”) and Support Group (”Breathe Easy”)

Six Nations Health Services 1745 Chiefswood Road Ohsweken (near Brantford) ON N01 1M0 Contact: Julie, 519-754-5730

Kingston IPF Support Group

Meets virtually via Zoom: 2nd or 3rd Friday at 11:00am (ET)
Contact: Lanny Klassen ipf.kingston@gmail.com

The Better Breathers

Belleville Community Health Centre, 161 Bridge St. W. Unit 8, Belleville, ON K8P 1K2

2nd Tuesday of every month from 1-2pm (ET)

Contact: Eric Kruger and Emilie Simard
TheBetterBreathers@gmail.com

Respiratory After Program Support (RAPS)

West Park Health Care Center
82 Buttonwood Ave. Toronto ON M6M 2J5
Contact: 416-243-3600, ext. 4855, or email angela.dowd@westpark.org

London and Area Lung Health Support Group

Meets 2nd Monday of each month at 1:00pm (ET) at Boys and Girls Club of London – 184 Horton St. E London, ON
Contact: Karen at kurby56@gmail.com + Facebook (Lung Health Support Group), 519-694-3172