Available Support Groups

Grief Support Group

This group is for men and women aged 55 and over. There are few events in life that are as painful as the death of your spouse, life partner or other loved one. You may wonder whether you can survive this overwhelming loss. At times, you may be uncertain whether you even have the energy or desire to heal. You are beginning a journey that is often frightening, overwhelming and lonely. Join others as we share this difficult time.

Women in Transition Over 55

This group provides women over 55 and over ongoing support. Life transitions often produce anxiety as well as a sense of loss and grief.The transition from middle adulthood to senior status can be a difficult period. How do we reinvent ourselves as mature women with much to offer? And how do we earn the respect of the people in our lives?

Creative Communication

This group is for men and women aged 55 and over. this group provides support and strategies to enhance communication, intimacy and conflict resolution. Life transitions can be challenging as our roles change and relationships with friends and loved ones are impacted. Enhancing your communications skills can improve your relationships and your quality of life.

Suicide Attempter Survivors Group

Since 1977, CSS has conducted a free, weekly support group in North Oakland. Composed of persons who have attempted suicide, the group is unique in the Bay Area. It’s a source of additional support for individuals already in therapy. The group is open to individuals, 18 years of age or older, who have attempted suicide in the past and are currently in individual psychotherapy. Learn more about suicide attempt survivors’ resources.

Suicide Loss Survivors

This group is designed to aid those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The pain and grief associated with the death of a loved one is often magnified during the holiday season because it is a time that family and friends gather in celebration. A death has forever changed the meaning of the holiday season.

Homicide Survivors

This group provides support, coping strategies and a safe outlet for teens who have lost a friend or relative to homicide. Death by homicide is especially difficult for survivors who are often re-traumatized by the criminal justice system and by feeling stuck in the experience of helplessness, despair and rage.