Seacoast groups offer help, support
GREENLAND – Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-centered 12-Step Recovery Program based on the scripture and open to the public, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at Bethany Church, 500 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland. For information, e-mail [email protected], or come to a meeting.
NEWBURYPORT, MASS – “The Wisdom Beyond Addiction” is held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays by New England Optimal Health, Inc., a group not affiliated with any 12-step group or philosophy at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport. There is a $10 suggested donation (not required). For information, visit www.neoptimalhealth.org.
AL-ANON is held at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in the first-floor conference room at Frisbee Hospital. 332-3100.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays in the first-floor conference room at the hospital.
Domestic violence, sexual abuse
CARING UNLIMITED, York County's domestic violence program services include a 24-hour hot-line offering support, advocacy, information and referral for victims of domestic violence and their children. All services are confidential and free. Hot-line: (800) 239-7298; Kittery, Maine Outreach Office: (207) 439-8810, ext. 123; Sanford, Maine Office (207) 490-3227.
A SAFE PLACE, the domestic abuse support services agency for Strafford and Rockingham counties, offers free and confidential support groups for survivors of partner abuse. All groups are held in a confidential location in Portsmouth, Salem and Rochester. Free child care up to age 12 in the Portsmouth location only. For information call 24 hours a day at (800) 854-3552; in Portsmouth at 436.7924, in Salem at 890.6392 and in Rochester at 330.0214.
BETHANY: A Place of Healing and New Life, is a program for any adult survivors of child sexual abuse, their families and friends in Rochester. Inquiries are confidential. For information, call 332-7701, (800) 475-5585, or visit www.bethanysupportgroup.org.
ONE-DAY GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP FOR MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS, presented by Seacoast Hospice, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 at 127 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth. Free. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 436-1647.
A ONE-DAY GRIEF SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY for young adults and adults who are experiencing bereavement due to the death of a loved one will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 at Seacoast Hospice in Raymond. This program is called “Seeking Healing Through Nature” and will provide a supportive natural environment, an opportunity to connect more deeply with one's self and one's loss, and consideration of new paths toward healing. (800) 416-9207, www.seacoasthospice.org.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by the Mark Wentworth Home and Compass Care Adult Day Health Program, meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at 346 Pleasant St. in Portsmouth. For information, call Sue at 436-0169. Respite Care is provided free of charge by the Mark Wentworth Home.
ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP for CAREGIVERS and Loved Ones meets on the last Wednesday of each month. All meetings take place at 7 p.m. in the Great Room at The Inn at Spruce Wood, 25 Worthen Road. For information or directions, call 659-1100 or visit www.theinnatsprucewood.com.
NH CATHOLIC CHARITIES sponsors an ongoing Caregivers Support Group on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Ann Healthcare Center in Dover. For information or to register, call Leonard Campbell at 332-7701.
ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19 in the Ellis Conference Room at York Hospital, and every third Wednesday of the month thereafter. Free. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (207) 351-2384 and leave a message.
BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Seacoast Mental Health Center, offers support to people with bipolar disorder, family members and friends, meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Community Campus in the lower level, Portsmouth. For information, call 431-6703.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS, Seacoast Chapter, holds support and informational meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Open to families of those suffering with schizophrenia, bipolar, schizo-affective and depression. Meetings are held in the Library of the Community Campus at 100 Campus Drive in Portsmouth from 7 to 9 p.m. For information call 431-1512.
ANXIETY DISORDER SELF-HELP SUPPORT GROUP for individuals experiencing anxiety symptoms, panic attacks, chronic worry, obsessive thoughts and compulsions, phobias, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress, will be held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Campus (in the boardroom), 100 Campus Drive in Portsmouth. For information, e-mail Gina at [email protected], or call 431-1535.
AIDS RESPONSE SEACOAST holds a free support group for HIV positive women, which meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month in Portsmouth. To join the group or for information, contact ARS Prevention Educator Robert Childs at [email protected] or 433-5377, ext. 2236.
SEACOAST APHASIA SUPPORT GROUP meets the third Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Campus, 100 Campus Drive in Portsmouth. For information, contact Dave at 659-6161 or e-mail [email protected]
HERPES SUPPORT GROUP: More than 45 million Americans live with genital HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Seacoast Herpes Support meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Feminist Health Center, located at 559 Portsmouth Avenue in Greenland. For information and directions, visit www.herpessupport.org. The next meeting will be held on May 2.
BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS Group meets the third Monday of every month at the Ellis Conference Room of the York Hospital from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in York, Maine. Contact persons are Jean Smith at (207) 646-1364 or Joann Noel at (207) 351-1324.
SEACOAST FOOD ALLERGY GROUP meets the third Monday of the month (except July and December ) from 7 to 9 p.m. at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Borthwick Avenue, in Classroom 1. For information, contact Tamara Leibowitz at 430-9935 or [email protected]
SEACOAST BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesdays of the month at the North Hampton United Church of Christ. For information, call 659-5769.
BRAIN INJURY/BRAIN TUMOR SUPPORT GROUP meet the second Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Carroll Room at Frisbee Hospital. 924-4981.
FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Monday of each month at the library of the Dover Baptist Church. Parking and entry in rear of the church. For information, call (207) 384-8170.
SEACOAST SPECIAL SPEAKERS, a support group for people who stutter, will be held the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Rye Public Library. For information, call Mark at 828-7696 or e-mail [email protected]
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS is not a diet club, but a 12-step program that provides a foundation for living life one day at a time. All meetings are open and held daily in various towns throughout the Seacoast. To find locations near you, contact the 24-hour Answering Service at 433-5464 or visit www.oaregion6.org.
CHADD SUPPORT GROUP (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Middle Road, Brentwood. E-mail [email protected], www.chadd.org.
NASHUA-WINDHAM CHAPTER OF CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) will hold its next monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the Windham Presbyterian Church, Route 111, Windham. E-mail [email protected]
SEACOAST CELIAC DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP meets every other month at the Newington Town Hall, Nimble Hill Road, Newington. The meetings begin with a gluten-free potluck supper followed by discussion. Members are urged to bring sources of new products, recipes and restaurants. Free, open to the public. 778-1938 or 772-4827.
TOPS NH113, PORTSMOUTH (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold an open house at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at Bethel Assembly of God, 2 Chase Drive. Group opens at 5:45 p.m. The open house is free and a refreshment will be available. Women, men teens and pre-teens are invited to attend. For information, call Karen Muske at 433-6090 or Cathy Schiavo at 436-4734.
PARKINSON'S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Carroll Room at Frisbee Hospital. 332-8135.
Mothers, families and relationships
WORKING MOTHERS' BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP is a new support group for working mothers unable to make the Family Center's daytime support group. Meetings are held the last Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Exeter Hospital, in the North Conference Room 1. Mothers may attend either with or without their babies. The group is led by a lactation consultant. Registration not necessary. Upcoming dates: April 27, May 25, June 29, and July 27. Participants may bring a brown bag supper if desired. For information, call 580-4324.
PFLAG AND THE STRAIGHT SPOUSE NETWORK (SSN) support groups meet on the first Tuesday of every month. The next meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 at the Stratham Community Church, Emery Lane in Stratham. For directions or information, call 772-5196. PFLAG (Parents, Families and, Friends of Lesbians and Gays) offers support, education, and advocacy for the entire gay community and their families and friends. For information, visit www.pflag.org. The SSN offers confidential support to the heterosexual spouse/partner of a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender partner. Visit www.straightspouse.org.
BETHANY: A Place of Healing and New Life, for any adult survivors of child sexual abuse, their families and friends, is a new program of NH Catholic Charities and Catholic Parishes in New Hampshire. Inquiries are confidential. For information, visit www.bethanysupportgroup.org, or call 332-7701 or (800) 475-5585 in Rochester.
NH CATHOLIC CHARITIES sponsors a Separated and Divorced Support Group the first and third Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rochester area, to provide both prayerful and ongoing educational support for men and women who have been separated for at least six months or divorced. The next meetings to be held are May 4, 18 and June 1. To register or for information, contact Leonard Campbell at 332-7701.
SEACOAST AREA MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES (SAMOM) club meets the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Portsmouth Community Campus in Portsmouth. They are a non-profit group that offers networking, support, and camaraderie for families who are expecting or have twins, triplets, and higher order multiple children. For directions and details, visit www.geocities.com/samomclub or e-mail [email protected]
PARENTS MEETING THE CHALLENGE, a new support group in Rochester for parents who understand the challenges and opportunities of parenting children and teens with emotional disorders, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, first floor conference room, Route 108, Rochester. For information, call Laurie at 332-5649. Call hospital switchboard at 332-5211 for cancellation notice.
CIRCLE OF HOPE, a support group for adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents and siblings, is held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in the first-floor conference room at Frisbee Hospital. 692-6320.
FAMILY RECEPTION CENTER, a support group for families of prisoners, meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:45 a.m. at the Strafford County Jail. The County Jail needs volunteers to provide validation, support and resources that lessen the impact of incarceration for families. For information, contact Marilyn Allen at 749-3289.