Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 19, 2013

Health Briefs


The Andover Townsman

---- — NAMI Family to Family education course

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is sponsoring the Family to Family education program for loved ones of individuals living with serious mental illness starting next month in Middleton.

The free, 12-week course will begin on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The course will be taught by trained family member volunteers. It will cover information about schizophrenia, bipolar, major depression, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder; coping skills for crisis and relapse, basic information on medications, listening and communication skills, problem solving, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care.

For more information or to register, call or email Sheila at 978-304-0146 or ShePowGir45@gmail.com.

Red Cross blood drives seek donors

The American Red Cross is holding three community blood drives next month in Andover.

The blood drives are scheduled for:

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1:30 to 7 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road

Thursday, Jan. 23, 1:30 to 7 p.m., Saint Augustine Church, 35 Essex St.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., CBRE Richard Ellis, One Tech Drive

Donors are needed every day to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need. All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or log onto redcrossblood.org.

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