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Health Briefs

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BEREAVEMENT

A support group for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. No fee. For all faiths; for more information call 584-1753.

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.

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 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.

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.

CODEPENDENCE

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

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.

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.

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.

SEPARATION
AND DIVORCE

A support group for those dealing with separation or divorce. No fee. 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.

CLUTTER

Clutterer’s Anonymous 12-step group. Free. Meets Fridays, 6:30 p.m., at the South Congregational Church, 1066 Southeast St., Amherst. Call Mike at 413-345-5115 or go to http://www.claeast.org/ for more info.

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CANCER

A support group for adults with cancer in the Amherst area, offered by Cancer Connection, meets every other Tuesday. It is open to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis and meets at the South Congregational Church at midday. Registration is required; call 586-1642. For more information about Cancer Connection go to www.cancer-connection.org.

HEART HEALTH

A support group for women with heart disease meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield from 4:30-6 p.m. in Conference Room A. New members are welcome. The facilitator is Vicky Lynde of Colrain, a heart attack survivor. For more information, contact her at 773-2397.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Classes in yoga, relaxation and movement for those with Parkinson’s disease are offered by instructor Donna Brooks on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon at the New Directions Center, Route 9, Hadley. The classes teach fun and accessible movements to support dexterity, strength, balance, walking, vocalization, flexibility, motor control and rapidity. Fee. Call 230-1260 or go to originalbodywisdom.com.

PROSTATE CANCER

Education and support for those in the Hampshire County area who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer is available by appointment and in group discussions. Contact Bill Whitmore of Sunderland, a cancer survivor and support provider, at 665-7741.

FOOD ADDICTS

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a 12-step group for people having problems with undereating, overeating, bulimia or food obsession, holds weekly drop-in meetings Sundays from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Newman Center on the UMass campus in Amherst, and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Jewish Community of Amherst. No fees or weigh-ins. 259-1433.

OVEREATERS
ANONYMOUS

A group to help people dealing with eating issues meets Mondays at 5:15 p.m. at the South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St., Amherst. For information call 665-8210.

FOOD ADDICTS IN
RECOVERY ANONYMOUS

12-step group for problems with bulimia, weight issues, and those obsessed with food, weight or dieting. Free; no weigh-ins. For more information call 265-3910. Ongoing meetings: Sundays 4 to 5:30 p.m., 472 North Pleasant St., Amherst; Wednesdays 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. 742 Main St. Amherst; Fridays 10 to 11:30 a.m. 98 North Maple St., Hadley.

EMPTY ARMS
SUBSEQUENT CHOICES

A group for families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss and are now anticipating the arrival of a new baby through pregnancy, adoption or surrogacy meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Contact Carol McMurrich at 529-1610 or email carolmcmurrich@comcast.net for meeting location and time.

GRANDPARENTS

A grandparents support group meets Tuesdays from 9:30-11:15 a.m. at the Amherst Family Center, 121 North Pleasant St. Entrance in rear. Call 256-1145.

MOTHERHOOD

An ongoing drop-in group to discuss the adjustment to and complexities of motherhood meets Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. at the Amherst Family Center. Free snacks and child care. Call 256-1145.

PARENTING AFTER LOSS

An Empty Arms support group for those who are grieving the loss of a baby while simultaneously caring for living children meets on the second Sunday of the month. Contact facilator Erika Parker at ehenyey@gmail.com for time, location and more information.

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 SUPPORT

A Circle of Moms meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, at the MotherWoman office at 220 Russell St., Hadley, and in Greenfield; Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Action Family Center at 90 Federal St. Groups do not meet during school vacation weeks. Free parking, childcare and snacks. A Free, safe confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experience a challenging time. Expectant mothers welcome. Contact Annette Cycon at 413-387-0703, or annette@motherwoman.org.

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