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PARENTING

PARENT SUPPORT — Building Jewish Identity for Children with Special Needs, a parent support and education group, meets on select Sundays from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. New members welcome. The group is facilitated by Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser, a former special education teacher who has a degree in Jewish spiritual direction. Free. For information contact Judy Rosenbloom at 256-0160, ext. 203.

PARENTS TOGETHER — A support group for parents who learn best in nontraditional ways meets in Amherst on Thursdays. We do crafts and games as we make friends and take about parenting. Free, with free child play groups, transportation and refreshments also provided. For information call Kris Larson at 834-3344 or email krislarson@unitedarc.org.

POSTPARTUM — A support group for mothers who are experiencing challenging postpartum meets Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St., Greenfield. Intended for mothers with babies up to age 1. Discussion topics include the hormonal realities of motherhood; the myth of the good mother; whether depression and anxiety are normal; including self care in your life; and more. Sponsored by The Franklin County Postpartum Coalition. For information or transportation assistance, contact Pam Baldwin at 774-1000, ext. 2015, or Sandy Clark at 475-1566.

POSTPARTUM STRESS — A drop-in group for mothers who have infants or toddlers up to age 4 and who are experiencing emotional difficulties meets Tuesdays from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Community Action building, 56 Vernon St., Northampton. Free. For information call 253-8990.

GRIEF

BEREAVEMENT — Eight-week bereavement support groups are offered periodically by VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton. Free; a brief interview is required. For information call 584-1060.

BEREAVEMENT — A support group for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 10 a.m. in the Autumn Room of the Seton Youth Center, 87 Beacon St., Florence. No fee. For all faiths; for more information call 584-1753.

BEREAVEMENT — Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst periodically offers seven-week bereavement support groups, open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. There is no fee; a phone interview is required. For information, call Norma Palazzo at 549-0115.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS — A support group for people who have lost children meets regularly on the first Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Baystate Medical Center, 3300 Main St., Springfield. For more information call 687-1073 or visit www.compassionatefriends.org.

EMPTY ARMS — A support group for parents who have lost babies before, during or shortly after birth meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. A core group of parents leads the sessions, which have an open, drop-in format. Between-meeting support always available by phone or email. Contact Carol McMurrich or Greg Reynolds at 529-1610 or email carolmcmurrich@comcast.net.

FAMILY BEREAVEMENT — The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens offers bereavement support groups at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton. Prior to attending, all families must call for an intake appointment. Call Shelly Bathe Lenn at 584-7086, ext. 124, or email slenn@garden-cgc.org. More information is at www.garden-cgc.org.

LOSS OF ADULT CHILD — A peer support group for parents who have experienced the death of a teenager or adult child meets the third Monday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room A at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, High Street, Greenfield. Free and confidential; parents are welcome to bring an adult friend for additional support. For more information, contact Vera at 586-0171.

MENTAL HEALTH

BIPOLAR DISORDER — A support group for people with bipolar disorder or similar conditions meets Fridays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Burger King on King Street, Northampton. Sponsored by Guided Challenges. For more information, call Fran at 586-5881.

DEPRESSION — A group for anyone suffering from depression or manic depression meets Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. at Easthampton Congregational Church, 112 Main St. Free. 734-3071.

DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR DISORDER — A free peer support group for people living with depression and bipolar disorder meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, in Amherst. We welcome new participants. For more information, please contact Barbara at 532-1784.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS/CAREGIVERS — A group for family and friends of people living with mental illness meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Clinical Support Options, 8 Atwood Drive, Northampton. For more information call Carol at 527-0532. A Greenfield support group meets the last Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1 Arch Place, Greenfield. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information contact Jane at 863-5141.

HEARING VOICES — A group for voice hearers or people who are familiar with extreme states of consciousness meets Mondays at 4 p.m. at 211 North St., Northampton. The group offers an opportunity to share experiences and coping strategies. Free. For information call 586-0207.

MENTAL HEALTH — A support group that is nonjudgmental, pro-choice and an inclusive space for people labeled with mental disorders meets Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. at 43 Center St., Northampton, side entrance. For information call 877-677-6424, email FreedomCenterInfo@gmail.com or go to www.freedom-center.org.

MENTAL ILLNESS/ADDICTIONS CAREGIVERS — A group for families and friends of people living with mental illness/addictions meets Thursdays from 5-5:50 p.m. in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. For information call Bruce Bradley Gilbert at 582-2151.

PARENTS OF A CHILD WITH MENTAL ILLNESS — A group for parents of people with mental illness meets the last Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m. at 324A Springfield St., Agawam. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information call 786-9139.

SUPPORT AND

RELATIONSHIPS

AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of living fully, aging gracefully and befriending death meets alternate Mondays 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the South Deerfield Senior Center, through February. Participants may attend occasionally or regularly. For more information, contact John Berkowitz at 413-325-4533 or johnpberk@gmail.com.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS — A support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias meets regularly on the first Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 247 Northampton St., Easthampton. For information call Karen Buscemi at 531-7640.

CAREGIVERS — A caregivers support group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 1 p.m. at the Easthampton Enrichment Center, 19 Union St. Led by Marge Pietras, RN, the group encourages open sharing of experiences and knowledge; the professional expertise of the group leader, and information and referrals made available through the COA’s outreach department are also important resources to the group.

CAREGIVERS — A group offering emotional support, resources and information for caregivers of a spouse, parent or loved one meets Tuesdays from 10:45 a.m. to noon at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., Northampton. Sponsored by Jewish Family Service and led by Vivien Weiss. Registration is required. Call 737-2601.

CAREGIVERS — A caregivers support group meets Thursdays from 4-4:50 p.m. in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The group helps family and friends understand issues related to caring for loved ones and also taking care of themselves.

CODEPENDENCE — A Codependence Anonymous meeting for adults recovering from codependence and learning to develop healthy relationships meets every Sunday night, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant St., Amherst.

CODEPENDENCY — Codependents Anonymous for men meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Cahill Apartments Community Room, 35 Fruit St., Northampton. CoDA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependency and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — Safe Passage offers a group for Latina women dealing with domestic violence that meets Thursdays, from noon to 2 p.m. in Northampton. The group also discusses topics including immigration, housing and financial needs. One-on-one counseling is also available. For information, contact Karen Lopez at 586-1125, ext. 13, or email karen@safepass.org.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — A drop-in support group for those dealing with domestic violence meets on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Safe Passage. For information about this and other groups call 586-1125.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS — Psychotherapy groups with ongoing enrollment for people who want to improve their interpersonal relationships. Group focus can include gaining awareness of the self in relation to others; understanding hopes and fantasies about ideal relationships, and improving skills to overcome social isolation. Two groups are now forming in Northampton include one for women only, Tuesdays 7 to 8:15 p.m.; and one men and women, Wednesdays 5 to 6:15 p.m. Call Ruth Folchman, psychologist and certified group psychotherapist, for more information: (413) 582-6900.

MEN’S GROUPS — The Men’s Resource Center sponsors these facilitated drop-in support group for men: For all men: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. at North Star, Hadley (corner of Routes 9 and 47); for gay, bisexual, and questioning men: Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., The Synthesis Center, 274 North Pleasant St., Amherst. For more information, call 253-9887 or email groups@mrcforchange.org or contact Steve Bernstein at mrcdirectorofsupportgroups@hotmail.com.

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MILITARY FAMILIES — For information about a nonpartisan, nongovernmental group for family members with loved ones who are now in the military or who have served in the past, call the Veterans Education Project, 409 Main St., Amherst, at 253-4947, or email vetvp@crocker.com.

NAR-ANON — Nar-Anon, a 12-step group for families and friends who have been affected by someone else’s drug use, meets Sundays from 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room B at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. For more information call Kathy at 221-1024 or Ariel at 464-4971 or go to www.naranonctma.org.

SEPARATION AND DIVORCE — A support group for those dealing with separation or divorce meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Autumn Room at the Seton Youth Center, 87 Beacon St., Florence. No fee. New session begins this month. For more information call 584-1753.

STRAIGHT SPOUSES — The Straight Spouse Network, for current and former straight spouses of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners, offers confidential networking and a regional monthly support group. Affiliated with the nonprofit Straight Spouse Network, www.straightspouse.org. Free. A help line is available at 625-6636 or email Janenrosie48@yahoo.com.

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