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Briefs: Vincent House part of international mental health recovery program

Mental Health advocates to speak

Vincent House, 4801 78th Ave., Pinellas Park, is a social and vocational recovery program for adults living with mental illnesses that follows the International Center for Clubhouse Development Model. Vincent House, which serves Pinellas County and is one of nearly 400 ICCD Clubhouses worldwide, is the first three-year certified Clubhouse in the state of Florida. Currently, the state has six ICCD Clubhouses.

Elliott and Dianne Steele, founders of Vincent House, and a panel of Clubhouse members will share their experiences about what Vincent House has meant to them, discuss job coaching, transitional programs, the international conference and individual success stories at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Suncoast Hospice, Building 100, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater.

Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the meeting is open to the public. Call (727) 791-3434.

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Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers will offer a free educational seminar about the latest in knee treatments at 11 a.m. Friday at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. Call (727) 446-5633 or visit

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Free skin cancer screenings will be offered 1:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Morton Plant Mease's Turley Family Health Center, 807 N Myrtle Ave., Clearwater. Physicians and nurses will perform full-body screenings to detect suspicious areas of the skin that might be cancerous and require follow up medical care.

Approximately 60 appointments are available and registration is required. Call (727) 953-6856.

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Florida Blood Services is contributing to a national effort to provide blood and blood products to support patients in Haiti, as well as the injured Haitians who are being treated locally.

"We are ready to assist the blood needs of these injured neighbors both here and in Haiti, as well as to meet the blood needs of all patients at our local hospitals," said JB Gaskins, FBS South West Vice President of Donor Systems. "But we can only do so through the selfless gift of our blood donors.

"Blood usage in our area is always highest in January and this disaster has created additional demand. We encourage all eligible donors, particularly those with universal type O blood, as well as types A and B negative to donate as soon as possible so that we can continue to save lives."

Healthy people age 16 and older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be donors. Identification is required. To obtain more information or to find donation locations, call toll-free 800-682-5663 or visit

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Camp Alegria is a free, three-day retreat that offers Latina cancer survivors a positive, memorable experience through a variety of educational, social and recreational camp activities. This year's camp is scheduled March 19-21 at Rotary's Camp Florida in Brandon.

Presented by Latinos Unidos por un Nuevo Amanecer in collaboration with Morton Plant Mease Health Care Cancer Services and the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network, the camp is free to cancer survivors age 18 and older. All activities are presented in Spanish and include arts and crafts workshops, massages, beauty and health education, music and outdoor activities.

Space is limited and applications are due Feb. 15. For information, call Gloria San Miguel at (727) 298-6606 or visit

Seminars, classes, support groups

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Palm Harbor; 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor, 421 Main St., Dunedin; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail naranonfamily, visit or call toll-free 1-888-947-8885.

RECOVERY INC., SUPPORT GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater; 1 p.m. Mondays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 812 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 525-1749.

Briefs: Vincent House part of international mental health recovery program 02/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 8:13pm]
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