Connection recovery support group
PALMER – NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults who are concerned about their mental health. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others. Groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there. NAMI Connection groups allow you to talk about your experiences in a safe and confidential setting. The groups encourage empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you: find hope and develop relationships; find better coping skills; help others while helping yourself; find strength in sharing experiences; work for a better future in a realistic way. The group meets on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Baystate Wing, 40 Wright St., Conference Room B. To register or for more information, contact Sarah at 413-782-4926.
Mercy Grief group
SPRINGFIELD – Mercy Medical Center, 299 Carew St. will hold a weekly grief support group for people who have experienced loss of a spouse, partner, family member or friend. All are welcome. The group meets every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (excluding major holidays) in the Deliso Conference Center, O’Hare Room on the lower level.
Informational program for families struggling with the effects of substance use
WEST SPRINGFIELD – AdCare offers a wide range of alcohol and drug treatment options from hospital level of care in Worcester to impatient residential treatment in North Kingstown, Rhode Island and outpatient and family services at offices throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
AdCare West Springfield Outpatient Family and Friends Informational Program meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. at 117 Park Ave. AdCare’s Family and Friends Informational and Support Programs are designed to educate loved ones about substance dependency and provide support for family members. Family groups are facilitated by knowledgeable and experienced professionals and are open to anyone concerned with substance use of a family member or friend. For more information or questions call 413-209-3124.
Weekly support group
AGAWAM – NAMI-Western Massachusetts offers weekly support groups run by trained Connection facilitators along the guidelines of their successful national program. Join dozens of people throughout Western Massachusetts in sharing the unique challenges of living with mental illness. Support groups are not therapy groups, but offer hope and support through sharing of one’s own experience in a recovery environment. Individuals with any diagnosis are welcome. A diagnosis is not required to attend any group. Anyone with mental illness is welcome to attend any group without prior registration. Family members of persons with mental illness can find family support groups in their area by calling the office at 413-786-9139. For Agawam, there is a support group that meets on Tuesdays, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the NAMI-WM Office, 324A Springfield St., call for more information.
YMCA of greater Westfield to offer LiveStrong
WESTFIELD – The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being initiative that helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals. This free 12 week exercise program will be on Monday and Wednesday, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. beginning Jan. 7. Enrollment is currently open for 2019. Registration and medical clearance form is required. As part of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, the Y engage cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person. Participants work with trained Y staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors by providing a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. For more information, contact Cindy Agan, Health & Wellness Director, 413-568-8631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.