Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis Support Group

We know living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis can be difficult, but the right resources and support can make day-to-day living easier.

Peer support can be comforting for people living with a chronic disease. Crohn's and colitis support group meetings are intimate gatherings where patients and their loved ones can share their stories, seek emotional support, find answers to their questions, and connect with a community who shares their challenges.

In addition to these focused sessions, support groups often organize informal, social events like picnics and luncheons, community volunteer days, informational workshops, family outings, and attend gala events.

What do People Talk About at Support Group Meetings?

Patients and their families gather at these meetings to share their stories. Patients sometimes share nutritional tips that have worked well for them. Some patients in the support group will be preparing for surgery and appreciate the stories and support from people who have experienced an operation. Other times they simply want to be among others who share the frustration of living with a disease that has no cure. While symptoms will vary among the group, everyone is looking for the same thing—relief from their symptoms and support from their peers.

Attend a Crohn's and Colitis Support Group Meeting

Crohn's and Colitis Support Group meetings are usually held the first Wednesday of every other month at the University Physician Center (Entrance 4), Suite 4200, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Rachael Hays at or call the IBD Coordinator at 717-531-3998.  If you provide us with your email address, you will receive regular e-mail updates on meetings, events, and research trials here at Hershey Penn State IBD Center.