Connect with Others Like You

Connecting with others with similar life experiences can be powerful for positive personal change. Find and connect with people like you to share your experiences and get support.

Join Volunteer-led Support Groups

Support groups bring people together on a regular basis for mutual support, education and camaraderie. support groups have different purposes and goals. Groups may focus on support, advocacy, education, or be more social in nature. Some groups also serve specific populations, such as young adults, carepartners, or people who are newly diagnosed. All support groups are led by volunteers who have completed the National MS Society’s extensive support group leader training.

Connect with a Peer Support Volunteer One-on-One

MS affects everyone differently – that’s why it is important to have someone you can count on to support you in the way that YOU need.

Through the one-on-one Peer Connections program, you can search for and connect with a peer support volunteer who has “been there” and can provide you with helpful tips, suggestions and emotional support for the challenges that MS throws at you. Peer Connections volunteers have been through a rigorous screening and training process.

What are the benefits of peer connections?

  • You can pick your own peer from a list of trained peer support volunteers from many different walks of life.
  • You can connect by email at your convenience.
  • You can have confidential conversations you may not want to have online and develop a relationship with your peer overtime.

How do I connect?

Begin by searching for a peer that is right for you.

Ask an MS Navigator

Finding answers and making decisions relies on having the right information at the right time. Our MS Navigators – National MS Society Information and Referral Specialists – provide answers to your questions and access to information about all of the options available to you.

Talk to MSFriends by Telephone

MS knows no timetable — this is why we offer support when you want and need it. MSFriends is a telephone-based peer support program for people living with MS. By calling MSFriends you will reach trained, supportive volunteers who understand what you are going through.

Call 1-866-MSFriends (1-866-673-7436) to talk to a volunteer. Hours of live operation are 9 am–Midnight, Eastern Time, seven days a week, but you can leave a message on the private voice mail at any hour and a volunteer will call you back as soon as possible. Family members can also receive support calls from MSFriends volunteers who are family members of those living with MS.

Check out MS Learn Online Resources

MS Learn Online is an online library of educational webcasts and podcasts available for streaming and download anytime. Webcasts are available in the following categories: Basic Facts of MS, Treatments, Symptom Management, Healthy Living, Progressive MS, Research, Family Life and Relationships, and Employment and Insurance.