NAMI online/phone support group
AGAWAM – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-WM) of Western Massachusetts would like to inform the public that the NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups have resumed in a virtual format.
Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Access online with zoom: https://us02web.zom.us/j/88206475051; access by phone, 646-558-8656, meeting ID: 88206475051.
Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Access online with zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82690755017; access by phone, 646-558-8656, meeting ID 82690755017. For more information, contact the office or go to namiwm.org/support.
For members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Wednesdays, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shiloh SDA Church and The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI_WM) of Western Massachusetts announces a new Family and Friends Support group for black and brown communities. The Black & Brown Family & Friends Support Group will meet on Oct. 6, 7 p.m. The group meets on the first Thursday of every month. A Zoom link will be provided for participants. For more information, contact the NAMI-WM office at 413-786-9139 or email email@example.com.
A diagnosis is not required to attend any group. Anyone with mental health condition is welcome to attend any group without prior registration.
Covid-19 Testing moved to new location at HCC
HOLYOKE – Due to campus road construction, COVID-19 testing at Holyoke Community College is being conducted in parking lot R. HCC has been partnering with Curative and the Holyoke Board of Health to offer free PCR tests seven days a week through Curative’s mobile COVID-19 testing trailer. The trailer had previously been stationed in parking lot M outside the Bartley Center for Athletics & Recreation on the main HCC campus at 303 Homestead Ave. Testing is available Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 10 am. to 2 p.m. The campus ring road stretching from the main entrance on Homestead Avenue to George Frost Road will be closed. Access to campus via George Frost Road remains open but drivers entering there will not be able to make a left hand turn. Visitors to campus should follow the signs for COVID-19 testing, which direct drivers around the ring road past the HCC Kittredge Center and Campus Center into parking lot R. Roadwork should be completed before the start of the fall semester in September. Curative uses self-collected, shallow nasal PCR tests. Results are generally available in 1-2 days. Testing is free. Appointments are preferred. Slots can be reserved at cur.tv/hcc. Walk-ins are also welcome. Testing hours may change due to inclement weather or holidays. More information about the program is available at curative.com
MJD Support Group
LUDLOW – The Michael J. Dias Foundation provides education, area resources, peer support, and hope for family members and friends coping with a loved one with a substance use disorder. A support group gathers on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Center, 438 Winsor St. anyone needing support is welcome to attend. Masks are required and guests will be seated six feet apart. If you have any questions, contact Maureen at 413-563-6226.
Grief support group
CHICOPEE – Saint Rose de Lima Grief Support Group meets every Monday except major holidays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This free weekly grief support group is for people who have experienced the loss of a spouse, partner, family member or friend. All are welcome. The group meets at Saint Rose de Lima Pastoral Center, 15 Chapel St.
Stroke of Inspiration support group
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield College Occupational Therapy (OT) Department offers a free weekly support group for people living with stroke and their caregivers. The group meets in a virtual format on Zoom every Thursday from 1 to 2:00 p.m. Facilitated by Kathy Post, Professor Emeritus, with the assistance of 1 or 2 OT graduate students, the group provides opportunities to meet other stroke survivors from western Massachusetts, and to share challenges, successes, questions, and resources. For further information and the link to the meetings, please email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors of Suicide Loss
EAST LONGMEADOW – Survivors of Suicide Loss, a support group for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide, meets on the 3rd Monday of each month (except major holidays or severe weather) at the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St. from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is a peer-facilitated group. The meetings are open, meaning new members are always welcome. The meeting room is set up to allow for recommended social distancing and attendees are required to bring and wear their own mask while in the meeting room. If circumstances allow, some meetings may be held outdoors.
Free Accessible Broadcast readings
SPRINGFIELD – Free 24/7 accessible local news and information is available from Valley Eye Radio for those in the Pioneer Valley no longer able to read independently due to visual and other medical and physical challenges. Contact them at www.valleyeyeradio.org or (413) 747-7337 for details on how to listen from one of their special radios or through their website, smart speakers, cable access channel, or mobile phone.