According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year. Mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children across the United States regardless of race, religion or economic status.
NAMI Pinellas, an affiliate of the national alliance, offers a free peer support group open to consumers (people living with mental illnesses) and facilitated by consumers trained in running support groups.
The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Building 100, Largo.
For information, call (727) 791-3434. Visit nami-pinellas.org.
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A dental practice in Dunedin is sending kids back to the classroom with a smile.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, children can pick up free backpacks containing school supplies as well as toothbrushes, toothpaste and other dental health items at Dunedin Family Dentistry, 2213 Curlew Road, Dunedin.
"By promoting good dental care with smile-filled backpacks, we hope to provide school-age children with healthy smiles to last a lifetime," said event organizer Dr. Carver Little of Dunedin Family Dentistry.
For details about the giveaway or more information about the dental practice, call (727) 787-4746.
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Kids ages 7 to 14 can get some exercise and celebrate the last blast of summer vacation at a one-week volleyball camp from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, Aug. 12-16, at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave.
The camp teaches the basic rules of the game and offers drills, scrimmages and competitive games with an emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship, determination, respect, responsibility and communication.
Camp registration is $100; registration forms are available online at tsrdonline.com.
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Gulf Coast Community Services offers professional counseling for residents age 60 and older at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.
The counseling promotes optimal emotional health and finds solutions to relieve depression, anxiety and stress related to grief, changes in health, finances and other issues.
The fee is donation-based.
For an appointment, call program director Meagan Flores at (727) 479-1826.
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A tai chi health recovery class focuses on people who are experiencing age-related health conditions. It is an opportunity to improve physical and mental well-being by helping to reduce stress and anxiety while supporting improved circulation, balance, strength and flexibility.
A free introductory class takes place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, 1370 Main St., Dunedin.
Annual membership is $20 and class costs range from $30 to $45 per month, depending on age. Reduced rates are available for those in financial need.
Call (727) 734-0929.
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The Les Mills Body Pump barbell class is designed to sculpt, tone and strengthen the entire body. Certified instructors provide resistance workout training that focuses on low weight loads and high-repetition movements.
The class meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo.
Class fees are $5 to $9.25.
Call (727) 518-3016.
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A class in qigong, the integration of deep breathing, slow movements and meditation to reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality and enhance the immune system, will be taught at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.
The cost is $3 for rec card holders, $4 without.
Call (727) 812-4531.
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Watch U.S. Tennis Association players ages 15 and older vie for trophies and prize money in the 25th annual USTA Championship (Designated) at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Total Tennis Center, 2565 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater.
Spectators are admitted free to the event, sponsored by Guizar Tennis Academy.
For more information call (727) 799-3200. Visit guizartennis academy.com
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