Author Archives: Liz Watson

Scheduling and Coronavirus Concerns.

Governor Baker has declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts due to the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases in our state. Large gatherings are discouraged as they contribute to the spread of this highly contagious and dangerous virus. This unfortunate situation will impact our upcoming programs and meetings.

We are postponing our College Panel scheduled for March 16. We hope to be able to work with our panelists to reschedule this popular program.

We are evaluating the other events planned we have planned over the next couple of months. Additional scheduling updates will be posted on our web site as we sort them out.

Support Group Holiday Schedule Changes

Just a reminder that our support groups generally do not meet on holidays. A few of our groups will be skipping meetings due to the holidays this year.

  • Acton – no meeting on December 24, Christmas Eve.
  • Bedford – no meeting on December 31, New Year’s Eve.
  • Reading – no meeting on January 1, New Year’s Day.

Any time you are unsure about a support group schedule, be it an issue with weather or holidays, please ask us! You can contact the facilitators directly, email us, or call our help line.

Steering Committee Meeting Postponed to December 12

Our regularly scheduled Steering Committee meeting on Monday, December 2 has been postponed due to the weather. The new date is Thursday, December 12.

As the winter season descends upon us, please remember to check with us before coming out to our meetings or events when travel conditions look sketchy. You can call our helpline at 781-982-3318 or email Contact information for support group facilitators is included in our support group listings.

You can also find contact information for our board members on the last page of our newsletter, The Bridge. Feel free to reach out directly to a board member if you are otherwise unable to confirm an event.

Scarecrows and Service Dogs!

OK, so, we don’t actually have scarecrows and service dogs on the same program. But they are both exciting things we are doing in the month of October.

The scarecrows are up at Cucurbit Farm in Acton, and will be on display through the month of October. Come out to see some amazing field art and support this stigma-busting event.

Our October educational program will be a presentation on service dogs by Helena Lewis. Join us on October 21, 7pm, at the Edinburg Center in Bedford. Additional details are available in our flyer.

Hope to see you in October!

NAMI Basics in Acton Starts October 16

NAMI Basics will be offered in Acton starting Wednesday, October 16. Classes meet 7-9:30PM, weekly for 6 weeks. There is no cost to the participants and all course materials are provided by NAMI.

The NAMI Basics program is specially designed for parents and other caregivers of adolescents and children living with emotional or behavioral challenges. The course is taught by trained volunteer teachers who themselves are parents/caregivers of children living with emotional difficulties. This structure creates an intimacy that few programs possess and consequently, a program whose capacities are unparalleled. It is an evidence-based program recognized nationwide.

Please view the flyer for more details, including how to sign up.

For more information, you may contact the teachers, Dee at, or Sharon at