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January 10, 2014

Health Beat: New group offers help for addiction

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The peer-led group is for those who have a loved one dealing with a mental illness and offers understanding, support and resource information.

Sessions are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On the first Thursday of the month, they take place at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 62 Brown St., Haverhill, and on the third Thursday, they are held at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State St.

For more information, email bernard.c.gallant@gmail.com or mkoplove@gmail.com.

NAMI Northeast Essex also holds a Connection Peer Support Group, for anyone with a psychiatric diagnosis, at Merrimack Valley Hospital on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information on that group, email elizakwilson@yahoo.com.

Meetings to aid Alzheimer’s caregivers

A newly formed group for Alzheimer’s caregivers will meet tomorrow from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at SeaView Retreat in Rowley.

Those caring for a loved one with diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairment diseases are encouraged to attend. Meetings will be held twice a month and will offer a safe place for sharing and educational resources.

SeaView is located at 50 Mansion Drive. For more information, call 978-500-2523 or 781-720-9046.

Red Cross looking for local heroes

Nominations are still being accepted for the 12th annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast.

Hero categories include Enduring — a person who has made a difference in their community over a long period of time; Community — a good Samaritan involved with an event or project that benefits the community; Youth — a student who demonstrates leadership qualities; Workplace — an organization that demonstrates unusual commitment to the community; First Responder — a firefighter, police officer or EMT who has performed an act beyond the call of duty; and Military — a member of the Armed Forces who has acted above the call of duty.

All heroes must either live or work in the communities served by the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts or have committed a heroic act in the chapter’s service territory. Communities include Amesbury, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

To nominate a hero, visit www.redcross.org/ma/peabody/heroes. Forms are due by Friday, Jan. 17, and the breakfast will be held March 20 in Danvers.

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