Mental health agency moving

Charlevoix -- The Charlevoix office of North Country Community Mental Health, currently located at 218 Garfield, is moving to a new facility at 6250 M-66 North. The office will be closed for the move on Feb. 1, and Feb. 4, and will reopen on Feb. 5.

There will be a disruption in phone service during this time. For urgent calls during normal business hours, call 347-6701. For emergencies after hours, call Third Level Crisis Center, (800) 442-7315.

North Country Community Mental Health provides services to residents of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Kalkaska and Otsego counties experiencing a severe emotional problem, serious mental illness or developmental disability. Those wishing to know more about the agency can visit www.norcocmh.org.

New cancer support group forming

Traverse City-- Munson Health Care and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are offering a support group for those dealing with a diagnosis of Leukemia, Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma or Myeloma.

The group will meet the first and third Mondays of each month at the Beaumont Building, 1100 Sixth St., For details, including time, call Laurie Patrick, 935-6921.

WRC thrift shop seeks donations

Traverse City -- The Women's Resource Center thrift shop, 3030 N. US-31 is experiencing a shortage in its supply of furniture and household goods. The shop gives between $10,000 and $15,000 worth of merchandise to those in need each month.

Those who donate furniture or household goods through Jan. 26 will receive a $5 coupon toward any purchase. For details, call Carol Rose, 946-4180 or e-mail crose@wrcgt.com

MDA seeking award nominations

Grand Rapids-- The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking nominations for its Robert Ross Personal Achievement Awards. The awards are given on a local, state and national level to recognize the accomplishments and community service of people with disabilities caused by neuromuscular diseases.

Nomination forms are available from local MDA offices and must be submitted by Jan. 25. For details, call (616) 459-4331.

GTACS sponsors parenting forum

Traverse city-- Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools will present two parent conferences featuring Dr. Meg Meeker on Sunday at Kohler Auditorium of St. Francis High School.

Meeker will discuss the importance of a father-daughter relationship during her talk, "Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters," from 2 to 3 p.m.

Her seminar, "Your Kids at Risk and Teen Sex: The Rules Have Changed" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. addresses the statistics of sexually transmitted disease among adolescents.

Meeker is a board certified pediatrician who speaks nationally on teen health issues.

The conference is not recommended for students younger than eighth grade, and the talk may contain sensitive graphic sexual information. Parental discretion is suggested in determining if teens should attend. The program is free. Child care with adult supervision is available for children who are toilet trained up to age 12. Register in advance by calling Maureen DeYoung, 941-4523 or by emailing mdeyou@gtacs.org.

Eating disorders therapy group

Traverse City -- Therapist Laura Slaughter will offer an eight-week therapy group from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 29 for women struggling with the pain of disordered eating and negative body image. The sessions will take place at Lakeview Counseling, 1844 Oak Hollow Drive, Suite B.

Slaughter will focus on exploring the development and meaning of the eating disorder and paths to successful recovery. Topics include Managing Emotions, Perfectionism and Control, Body Image, Media Influences, Boundaries and Assertiveness and Healthy Eating.

Fee is $50 per weekly session. Most insurance plans are accepted. Call 929-0300, ext 103.

Therapy group for abuse survivors

Cadillac-- The Cadillac Area Oasis/Family Resource Center, 601 Chestnut St., is sponsoring a 12-week recovery therapy group for women struggling with issues relating to childhood sexual abuse.

The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Feb. 20.

Facilitator Joanna T. Lauber uses cognitive behavioral therapy, guided imagery, Gestalt therapy and drawing and journaling therapies. Lauber has worked extensively with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse since the 1980s. The group is closed, limited in number and requires an interview. Services are free. For details, call 775-7299, ext. 105.

Help with tax preparations

Traverse City -- The Northwest Michigan Tax Coalition is offering free tax preparation service to those with low-to-moderate income, including seniors, persons with disabilities or with limited-English proficiency. Volunteer tax assistants will prepare and electronically file both federal and state returns including the Michigan Homestead and Home Heating credits. This program is supported by the IRS and State of Michigan to assist community members in claiming any special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible.

The free tax service is offered at locations throughout northwest lower Michigan operated by Northwest Michigan Human Services Agency and AARP.

Services are available at NMHSA offices in Traverse City, Cadillac and Petoskey, Goodwill Industries and Michigan Works offices in Traverse City, local Commission on Aging and several Michigan Department of Human Services offices in the area. Call NMHSA, (800) 632-7334 or the Traverse City Commission on Aging, 922-4688.

Speech therapy help offered online

Memphis, Tenn.-- Children who stutter have significantly less disfluent speech and a higher recovery rate if they are treated when they are young. The Stuttering Foundation offers a free streaming video in English and Spanish titled "Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents" at www.stutteringhelp.org.

For a free copy of the newly-updated brochure, "If You Think Your Child Is Stuttering," call the foundation's helpline (800) 992-9392 or visit www.stutteringhelp.org. The site also offers a worldwide referral list of specialists in stuttering.

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