Patient Support Groups
One of the most valuable services CARF provides is connecting you with other cicatricial alopecia patients who truly understand the emotional and physical toll of a diagnosis. By attending a support group meeting you can express yourself in the safety of a group that understands. You will also learn from other patients as they share ideas and tips about cosmetic options. It’s our hope that you will leave these meetings with a sense of belonging to a larger community.
A unique feature of our support group meetings is that each group has a knowledgeable physician moderator that will either be present at the meeting or available by email or phone to answer questions that may arise to ensure correct, up-to-date information is being shared.
Support group meetings take place at least two times a year. Patients are welcome to attend the nearest support group in their own state or a neighboring state. There is NO FEE to attend one of these meetings, so take advantage of this unique and inspirational opportunity to meet others who walk in the same shoes as you. For more information or to be listed to receive meeting notices, please contact the support group leaders listed below.
CARF United States Support Groups
CARF International Support Groups
NEW – Support groups are in the early stages of forming in the following areas:
CCCA | Contact Colleen to start a support group in your area
Check back frequently for news and updates about these emerging locations. Also, if you live in any of these areas and would like to get involved, let us know . We’d love to have you!
Start A Support Group
If you live in an area where there is no support group and you would like to help CARF organize one, please contact us at email@example.com. It’s not as hard as you may think. CARF has made it easy for you by providing a Support Group Start-up Kit for volunteer leaders looking to start a new group. Plus, other support group leaders from other arears and CARF staff will help guide you through the process. Just think about how meaningful this can be not only for yourself, but for other patients as well. It will be incredibly rewarding.