Overeaters support at local library
Overeaters Anonymous meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St., Crystal River.
We are a community of people who, through shared experience, strength and hope are recovering from unhealthy relationships with food and body image.
For more information about the Overeaters Anonymous meetings, call 513-240-4457; visit www.oa.org. No fees or dues, we follow the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program.
Friends offers grief support groups
Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one is welcome to find help, hope and healing at one of the many grief support groups provided by Friends of Citrus Grief Services.
- “Grief Study” is a faith-based grief study support group that meets at the Wings Grief Center in Homosassa Springs each Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
- “Understanding Grief” support groups, focused on the work of renowned grief educator Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., are for the newly bereaved and meet every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Inverness at the First Christian Church of Inverness and at 6 p.m. at the Wings Grief Center in Homosassa Springs.
- “Grief Toolbox” support groups, which help participants acquire the essential tools needed to deal with their grief through video presentations, handouts and group discussions meet every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the YMCA in Lecanto and 2:00 pm at the Wings Grief Center in Homosassa Springs.
- “The Compassionate Friends”, a support network for those who have lost a child of any age, a sibling or grandchild, meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Wings Grief Center in Homosassa Springs.
Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast is a charitable organization providing community grief support for anyone who has experienced a loss, adults and children; telephone support; grief support resources for all ages; educational materials for parents and teachers; and children’s grief support camps. Find them at 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa Springs. For more information, call 352-249-1470.
Bravera Health offers Parkinson’s Support Group
Bravera Health Seven Rivers Outpatient Rehab offers a Parkinson’s Support Group at 3 p.m. the third Thursday at 6151 N. Suncoast Blvd., Suite 2A, Crystal River.
Refreshments will be served. The Parkinson’s Support Group is for anyone that wants to know to learn more about Parkinson's disease. The goal of the support group is to educate as many people about Parkinson’s as possible.
The support group meets monthly and includes guest speakers, dances, exercise classes and crafts as well as Table Talks. Table Talks give members the opportunity to converse and to ask and answer questions of one another.
Breast cancer support group gathers
The Women's Breast Cancer Support Group meets at 11:45 a.m. the second Friday at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Lecanto.
Lunch will be provided, along with discussion among the women about problems like fears and anxiety when dealing with diagnoses of breast cancer and going through treatments.
Any woman who is facing a diagnosis of breast cancer and going through treatment will be welcomed into this group of strong, positive women.
For more information and to reserve a spot, call Judy Bonard, facilitator, at 352-220-3693 or Shawn Gundersen at RBOI 352-527-0106.
Bereavement support group meets every Thursday
The St. Thomas the Apostle Bereavement Support Group meets every Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m. on US 19, 300 yards South of Cardinal and just past Walmart.
The group takes a positive approach to grief by helping grievers learn how to make a new life, even when they don’t want to. Just come, sit and listen. 30 years of experience has taught them how to help make a positive difference in a person’s life. Anyone can attend.
For more information, call 352-220-1959.
NAMI offers in-person support
The local National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Citrus, now offers an in-person option for support groups.
Connections (for a person living with a mental health condition) and family support groups meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St.
Virtual meetings remain available. Call 844-687-6264 or visit namicitrus.org/calendar for more information.
Online dementia support continue in 2022
The Citrus Library Coping Connection, a service to provide virtual support to care partners and families of individuals living with dementia, will continue during 2022. The service is designed primarily for individuals who do not have access to their own computer.
Conducted online, meetings will be hosted by certified dementia practitioner Debbie Selsavage from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The connection hub is located at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Beverly Hills.
Participants must arrive at the library by 12:50 p.m. the day of the meeting. They are not required to remain for the full two hours.
The program is free and available to anyone. For more information, call 352-746-6622 or 352-422-3663.
Attend a GriefShare class at First Lutheran
Attend GriefShare classes at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays at First Lutheran Church, 1900 State Road 44 (Gulf-to-Lake Highway) in Inverness. For more information, visit 1stlutheran.church/helpforyou.htm.
GriefShare group in Crystal River
A GriefShare support group meets at First Baptist Church in Crystal River each Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. The 13-week series started Jan. 25. The church is at 700 N. Citrus Ave. The journey of grief is a painful process that you do not have to walk alone.
GriefShare features videos of nationally recognized experts on grief topics and the stories of people who have healed from grief. For more information, call First Baptist Church at 352-795-3367 or visit www.griefshare.org.
TOPS weight loss groups meet weekly
The following TOPS weight loss support groups meet weekly in Citrus County:
- Chapter 692 at 9:30 a.m. Fridays at Grace Bible Church, 6382 W. Green Acres St. in Homosassa. Call 352-628-2024.
- Chapter 826 at 8:10 a.m. Tuesdays at First Lutheran Church, 1900 State Road 44 in Inverness. Call 352-464-1349.
- Chapter 743 at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the DAV building, 1039 N. Paul Drive in Inverness. Call 352-637-6553.
- Chapter 9365 at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the First Christian Church of Homosassa, 7030 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd. Call 352-533-2607 or 352-212-8550.
- Chapter 408 at 2 p.m. Thursdays at the First Baptist Church, 700 N. Citrus Ave. in Crystal River. Call 352-212-7946.
- Chapter 443 at 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Dunnellon Women’s Club, 11756 Cedar St. Call 352-566-0742.
- Chapter 401 at 8 a.m. Wednesdays at First Baptist Church, 3790 Parsons Point Road in Hernando. Call 352-637-7196.
For more information about TOPS, visit tops.org.
Memory support group meets weekly
The free Memory Lane Support Group & Respite Program meets from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church of Homosassa, 8831 W. Bradshaw St.
This program has been in existence for nearly 10 years. It started as a support group for caregivers, but quickly evolved into a support group for those caring for loved ones with memory issues and dementia.
For more information, call 352-628-4083 or visit 1umc.org.
Support available for dementia caregivers
North Oak Church is offering group support for caregivers of dementia patients at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday monthly at the church, 9324 N. Elkcam Blvd. in Citrus Springs.
Caregiving is a difficult job and often goes unrewarded. Dementia has a unique set of difficulties and circumstances that can be helped by meeting with other caregivers who may be experiencing the same problems.
The group will be led by Bernie Collins, retired psychiatric nurse. No religious affiliation is needed to attend.
For more information, call 352-489-1688 or visit northoakbc.org.