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POST TRAUMATIC SLAVERY DISORDER
Dr. Omar Reid, Sekou Mims, and Larry Higginbottom are co-authors of a collective work entitled Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder. Our primary reason for writing this book was to begin the process of bringing about a psychological healing through discussion, training and teaching. This book was designed to create a new lens for our peers, client's, educators and youth workers to assess and counsel self-destructive behaviors.
“These counselors are hoping their theories will help others improve their lives!”
Steve Daniels, ABC News
Dual Recovery Anonymous
This is a 12-Step Group open to individuals who struggle with addictions and a mental illness.This is a self-supporting , self-help support group that meets weekly at the Lighthouse, 1401 State St., Springfield, MA 01109
New Beginnings Step Group: Tu 12:30 – 1:30
Open Discussion Group: Fri 12:30 – 1:30
For further information call: 413-736-8974
People with co-occurring disorders, also referred to as dual diagnosis, have both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. These people require an integrated treatment plan that targets both illnesses at once. Mental illness can be classified as anything from minor cases of depression to severe impairments such as schizophrenia and PTSD. Of the 23 million Americans struggling with addiction, nearly 14 million also suffer from some form of mental illness, either stemming from or leading to substance abuse. >Learn More
Group For Families/Friends of People with Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues
Clinicians from the hospital offer a free open discussion group exploring topics such as:
Depression: What is it?
Alcoholism and addiction
Panic attacks and anxiety disorders
Schizophrenia and other psychiatric symptoms
Is mental illness hereditary
12-Step Group (AA/NA)
What comes after hospitalization?
Every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the East Wing Conference Room (2nd floor)
Parkinson's Disease Support Groups
The Center for Behavioral Health at Holyoke Medical Center
Coping Skills Group
Holyoke Medical Center
The Garden ? A Center for Grieving Children and Teens is a non-profit agency providing bereavement support to young people and their families, a place to talk about loss and help parents and guardians learn how to help their children through their grief.
Their mission is to create the world’s best mental health and wellness programming, free to view, free to share and commercial free, for anyone with an internet connection. MHC has already been seen in 140 countries.
Incorporated in 1878, MSPCC serves children and families across Massachusetts with a range of services designed to respond to the individual needs of infants, children, adolescents and their families. In addition, MSPCC has long been a voice for children and families, advocating for laws on their behalf. MSPCC is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Through facilitated support groups Rick’s Place offers grieving young people and their families a place to remember their loved ones and to avoid the sense of isolation that such a loss can produce.
Rick's Place, Inc.
35 Post Office Park Suite 3514 | Wilbraham, MA 01095
Phone: 413-348-3120 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trauma Mamas is meeting at 10:00 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month.
For caregivers raising children with histories of early childhood trauma.
The focus of this peer-led group will be on the unique needs and experiences
of the CAREGIVERS, and establishing resources and relationships for ongoing
support. The group is open to parents with children of all ages, all faiths.
This will be a free daytime parent-led group in Westfield
(at this time childcare is not available).
First Congregational Church
18 Broad Street
Westfield, MA 01085
Contact: Crystal Miller (Church Office)
CLINICAL RESEARCH STUDIES
BU Cognitive Remediation and Exercise and Cognitive Training Study
for Individuals with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Illness
Researchers at Boston University are conducting a study examining exercise and cognitive remediation for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
This Study Involves:
- 10 Weeks of cognitive remediation training
- Random assignment to an exercise section or non-exercise section of the study
- Cognitive Assessment
- Five blood tests
- Compensation for participants up to $265
Important and valuable clinical research is happening in Massachusetts. Local clinical research studies are looking for eligible participants; children, adolescents and adults are needed.
Click here to see what clinical research studies are being conducted.
Click here to read a guide to learn more about participating in a mental health clinical research study.