Health and support
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando will offer the following:
• Family to Family class, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting Sept. 6, at the Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. This is a free 12-week program designed to foster learning, healing and empowerment among families, friends and caregivers of individuals with mental illness. Course elements include coping skills, handling periods of crisis and relapse, up-to-date information on medications, guidance on locating appropriate resources, and caring for the caregiver. To register, call Mariann at (352) 683-1350.
• Educational meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 11, at the Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The speaker will be Denise Szulis, who will discuss "The Dangers of Synthetic Drugs." Szulis, an educator and counselor, has worked with at-risk youth in Pasco County for 15 years.
• "Basics" class, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 12, at Moton Elementary School, 7175 Emerson Road, Brooksville. This is a free six-week course for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. The class will provide education and understanding of the diagnosis, and is taught by parents with similar experiences. To register, call Dawn at (352) 232-5148.
'Tools to Quit Smoking' program: The Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center provides free two-hour tobacco dependence seminars in Hernando, Citrus, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Anyone who wants to quit tobacco may participate and will be provided with a free four-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, gum or lozenges. The program is funded by the Florida Department of Health. For upcoming seminars, call (813) 929-1000 or visit gnahec.org.
Ridge Manor West
Prostate Cancer Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Denny's, 31015 Cortez Blvd. This is for anyone who has or had prostate cancer and their partners. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month. (352) 438-4847.
Comfort for Caregivers Support Group: 11 a.m. to noon today, Catholic Charities, 8370 Forest Oaks Blvd. This group, provided by HPH Hospice, is for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The group meets on the last Thursday of each month. Free. (352) 597-1882.
Hernando Ostomy Association: 7 p.m. Sept. 6, Grace Lutheran Church, 411 Mariner Blvd. (behind Compass Bank). Family and friends are welcome. Bob Barnard, (352) 442-9787, or Carol Krause, (352) 683-5586.
Grief Share: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. This support program is for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Free child care and youth programs offered. (352) 596-1388, ext. 224. ccwildwood.com.
Divorce Care: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 5, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. This is a support group for those who are divorced or separated. There is no cost for the class, but an optional workbook is $16. Free child care and youth programs offered. (352) 596-1388, ext. 224. ccwildwood.com .
Hope and Help for Single Moms: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. Free child care and youth programs offered. (352) 596-1388, ext. 224. ccwildwood.com.
Living Healthy, a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 5, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Shoreline Cafeteria conference room, 14000 Fivay Road. This is a free, six-week program. Topics include techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise; appropriate use of medications; communication with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments. Class size is limited; reservations required. Call (727) 869-5498 or toll-free 1-877-442-2362.