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North Pinellas County health notes for March 1

NAMI meeting will discuss Support for mentally ill

Finding adequate housing and receiving appropriate services is difficult for a person with mental illness. Representatives from Boley Centers will discuss these topics at the National Alliance on Mental Illness education meeting at 7 p.m. today at Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater.

The meeting is open to the public. There is no charge to attend.

NAMI provides support, advocacy and education to people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. For more information, call the NAMI help line at (727) 791-3434 or visit nami-pinellas.org.

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Florida Blood Services has announced a community partnership with local Walgreens stores. The following locations in mid to north Pinellas will host Bloodmobiles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday: 30280 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater; 2495 Sandy Point Road, Palm Harbor; 3770 Tampa Road, Oldsmar; and 14004 Walsingham Road, 800 West Bay Drive and 6560 Ulmerton Road, all in Largo.

All donors will receive a voucher, which must be redeemed at that location the day of the drive, for a $10 Walgreens gift card. In addition, all donors will receive a wellness checkup including blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature, iron count and cholesterol reading.

Healthy people ages 16 and older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. Identification is required prior to donation.

Call toll-free 1-800-682-5663 or visit fbsblood.org.

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The North Pinellas Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Group invites the public to hear an overview of Gilenya, the first once-daily pill for reducing the number of relapses in people with relapsing forms of MS, at a 6 p.m. dinner meeting Tuesday at Tiffany's Restaurant, 35000 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor.

The presentation will be given by Dr. Mark Cascione, medical director of South Tampa Multiple Sclerosis Center.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call Bud Llewellyn at (727) 698-4346 or Eileen Smith at (727) 365-0987.

Seminars, classes and support groups

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. For details, visit foodaddicts.com.

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor in "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or visit naranonfl.org.

mid-pinellas brain trauma SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819 or visit midpinellasbraintraumasupport group.com.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS):

• 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. The first meeting is free. Call (727) 726-2681.

• 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101 or email boots@tampabay.rr.com.

• 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

Celiac Support Group: Celiac disease, an intestinal disorder, affects one out of every 133 people. There is no cure, but it can be controlled by going on a gluten-free diet, and a support group can help. Meetings are at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 734-0561 or email bkelly1@ tampabay.rr.com.

Recovery International: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people with anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these times and locations: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 10 a.m. Saturdays, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Support group is free, but offerings are appreciated.

Mail health news to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, fax to (727) 445-4119 or email nbeall@tampabay.com.

The Church on the Bayou in Tarpon Springs will host a men's dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Dockside Restaurant, 37611 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor.

Joe Burley, secretary for the Mental Health Advisory Council at Bay Pines VA Health Care System, will be the guest speaker.

He will lead a discussion on "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder — The Second War."

The program is open to the public. To register, call (727) 804-8332 or email rjhaddad@gte.net.

North Pinellas County health notes for March 1 02/29/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:04pm]
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