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Notice: Acton Support Group: WEATHER CANCELLATION 12 FEB

Our family support group in Acton will not be meeting on Tuesday, February 12 due to the anticipated poor travel conditions.  Meetings resume on February 26 as regularly scheduled.

If you are new to a support group, or there is inclement weather in the forecast, we always advise touching base with the facilitators before attending. We also do our best to provide schedule updates on our web site and help line.

January 2018: New Family Program at McLean Hospital

FAMILY CONNECTIONS MANAGING SUICIDALITY AND TRAUMA RECOVERY (FC-MSTR) is a program for parents whose teenage or young-adult child has made a suicide attempt or had one or more traumatic self-injuries. The program aims to provide parents with education, skills and support to effectively manage the stress and other difficulties that arise when their child has attempted suicide or self-harmed.

FC-MSTR is currently being offered as part of a research study. As a research participant you will be asked to: Complete a series of online surveys over a 4 month period. Attend the FC-MSTR program on January, 25-27, 2019 (Belmont, MA) Refer your son/daughter (ages 14-35) who experienced the suicidal crisis for research participation. He or she will be invited to complete a series of questionnaires, if they choose to participate in the study.

Read more at January 2018 McLean Family Connections

We’d like to encourage toiletry donations during December!

What:  Donations sought are full-size or travel-size toiletries such as shampoo/conditioner, stick deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, chapsticks, talcum powder, bath soap, body wash and hand soap, Q-tips, non-alcoholic mouthwash, brushes and combs, shaving cream, cough drops, back scrubber brushes, moisturizing skin cream, face cloths, hand towels.


Where:  the lobby of the Edinburg Center at 205 Burlington Road in Bedford (Rt 62), MA (look for the toiletries collection box)

When:  during Edinburg Center business hours, 9am – 5pm, starting December 1st

Why:  to benefit the clients at the Intensive Community Supports Respite Program in Bedford and Department of Mental Health group homes in our local communities


NAMI BASICS CLASS in SUDBURY starts: Thursday, Oct. 25th

NAMI BASICS is a free education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with emotional and behavioral concerns. This 6 week course is taught by NAMI trained parent volunteers who themselves have children with these issues. Each class lasts 2 1/2 hours.

Topics include neurobiology, diagnoses and treatments, problem – solving, listening and communication skills, accessing services and supports, crisis management, advocacy for your child, and caregiver – “ self – care”.

At NAMI BASICS you will find out you are not alone. The group setting provides mutual support and shared positive impact – You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others with your own personal experiences.

CLASS in SUDBURY starts: Thursday, Oct. 25th,  7 – 9:30 PM

 To register contact:       Dee at 978.697.3441   or    Duncan & Sharon at 978.635.1287


 Sponsored by NAMI Massachusetts and NAMI Central Middlesex affiliate       &

Mental Health on College Campuses

At the NAMI National Convention in June 2017  this report – in the works by the National Council on Disability – was announced.  You will likely have read press reports about it during the late summer.  Use the link above to find the full report of recommendations for Congress, federal agencies, and colleges to improve college mental health services and post-educational outcomes for students with mental health disabilities.

Will you be motivated to reach out to your alma mater, your child’s college/university or a college or university local to you about how they will address these recommendations?