Medical Notes: October 24, 2022

NAMI online/phone support group

AGAWAM – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-WM) of western Massachusetts wishes to inform the public that NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups have resumed in a virtual format.

Mondays, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Access online with Zoom:; Access by phone, 646-558-8656, Meeting ID: 88206475051.

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Access online with Zoom:; Access by phone, 646-558-8656, Meeting ID 82690755017. For more information, contact the office or visit

For members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. For more information, email: [email protected]

The Shiloh SDA Church and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI_WM) of western Massachusetts announce a new Family and Friends Support Group for Black and Brown communities. The Black & Brown Family & Friends Support Group meets on the first Thursday of every month. A Zoom link will be provided to attendees. For more information, contact the NAMI-WM office at 413-786-9139 or email [email protected]

The NAMI MetroWest Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This will be a Zoom online meeting. Register for the meeting and renew your membership today. Guest speakers are John DeRonck, LICSW, Vice President of Advocates, Inc. Psychiatric Emergency Services; and Lauren Mazzola, LMHC, director of Advocates Inc. Outpatient Services. The speakers will talk about the Massachusetts Community Behavioral Health Centers (CBHCs). For more information, email [email protected] or call 508-251-9595. To register, visit

No diagnosis is required to participate in a group. All mentally ill people can take part in the groups without prior registration.

Self Care series

SPRINGFIELD – Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts presents Building resilience From Within, a 6-week self-care series for caregivers and anyone dealing with increased levels of stress in their lives. The series will take place on Thursdays beginning October 27th and will run through December 8th from 10:00am to 10:45am on Zoom. The program is free and open to the public. No experience is required. Drop ins are welcome. Registration is required, call 413-737-2601 or visit for more information. The intention of the series is to provide techniques and build skills to increase resilience to the ongoing stresses and strains of life. With particular attention to the needs of caregivers and older adults, this series will focus on mindfulness, raising awareness of the breach, and reprogramming ourselves from flight, fight, and freeze responses. All ages are welcome and all exercises can be done seated or standing.

Covid-19 testing has moved to a new location at HCC

HOLYOKE – Due to on-campus road construction, COVID-19 testing will be conducted at Holyoke Community College in the R parking lot. HCC has partnered with Curative and the Holyoke Board of Health to provide free PCR testing seven days a week via the mobile COVID-19 testing trailer. The trailer was previously in the M parking lot in front of the Bartley Center for Athletics & Recreation on HCC’s main campus on Homestead Ave. 303 stationed. Tests are possible from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The campus ring road, which extends from the main entrance on Homestead Avenue to George Frost Road, will be closed. Access to the campus via George Frost Road remains open, but drivers entering there cannot turn left. Campus visitors should follow the COVID-19 testing signs directing drivers around the ring road past the HCC Kittredge Center and past the Campus Center to the R lot. The road works should be completed before the start of the fall semester in September. Curative uses self-collected, flat nasal PCR tests. Results are usually available in 1-2 days. Testing is free. Appointments are preferred. Slots can be reserved at Lateral entrants are also welcome. Testing times are subject to change due to inclement weather or public holidays. Visit for more information about the program

MJD support group

LUDLOW – The Michael J. Dias Foundation provides education, local resources, peer support and hope for family members and friends coping with a loved one with a substance use disorder. A support group meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:00pm to 7:15pm at Our Lady of Fatima Community Center, 438 Winsor St. Anyone in need of support is welcome. Masks are compulsory and guests sit two meters apart. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen at 413-563-6226.

bereavement support group

CHICOPEE – Saint Rose de Lima Bereavement Support Group meets every Monday except major holidays from 6:00 p.m. 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 the Saint Rose de Lima Pastoral Center, 15 Chapel St.

Stroke of Inspiration support group

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield College’s Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) offers a free weekly support group for people living with stroke and their caregivers. The group meets every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in a virtual format on Zoom. Moderated by Kathy Post, Professor Emeritus, the group, with the support of 1 or 2 OT graduate students, will provide an opportunity to meet other western Massachusetts stroke survivors. and to share challenges, achievements, questions, and resources. For more information and the link to the meetings, please email Kathy at [email protected]

Narcotics Anonymous

AGAWAM – To find a local Narcotics Anonymous support group, visit NERNA.ORG or or call 866-NA-HELP-U.

Suicide Loss Survivor

EAST LONGMEADOW – Survivors of Suicide Loss, a support group for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide, meets on the 3rd from 6:30pm to 8:00pm This is a peer moderated group. The meetings are open, ie new members are always welcome. The meeting room is set up to allow the recommended social distancing and participants are required to bring and wear their own mask while in the meeting room. Circumstances permitting, some sessions may be held outdoors.

Freely accessible broadcast readings

SPRINGFIELD — Free, 24-hour local news and information is available from Valley Eye Radio for those in Pioneer Valley who are unable to read independently due to visual and other medical and physical conditions. Contact them at or (413) 747-7337 for details on how to listen from one of their specialty radios or through their website, smart speakers, cable channels, or cell phone.

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