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Adult Children of Alcoholics: Group meets every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m., St. John's Church, upper room, 35 Park St., Williamstown, use middle door entry. Contact David at 617-877-1691.

Adults with Asperger's: AANE (Asperger/Autism Network) is sponsoring a monthly support group for adults who identify as having Asperger's or a related profile. Meetings are held from 5 to 6:45 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington. Information: Jan Doody at 413-522-3723 or jan.doody@aane.org. To register, email Stephanie.Birkdale@aane.org.

Al-Anon Meetings: Strength and hope for families and friends of problem drinkers and addicts. Call 1-888-425-2666 or visit www.berkshirealanon.org for schedule of meetings and directions.

Alzheimer's Support Group: This group is an opportunity for people with a loved one living with Alzheimer's Disease or any form of dementia to come together for support and education. Meets at 1:30 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month, Kimball Farms conference room, 235 Walker St., Lenox.

Alzheimer's Support Group: Weekend support group for families and friends of people living with dementia. The coffee and conversation meetings are held at 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Registration is required by calling Bobbie Orsi at 413-442-0907.

Anonymous Meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: 413-448-2382; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: 413-443-4377.

Berkshire County Chapter for Blue Star Parents: Support and fellowship group open to all military parents: Reserves, National Guard or Active Duty. Meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month, American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive, North Adams. Information: Eileen Monyahan at emonyahan@gmail.com or 413-212-0445.

Berkshire County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Discuss challenges of raising grandchildren, resources, guest speakers, meals and child care provided, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every other Monday, First United Methodist Church, Fenn Street, Pittsfield, use the Pearl Street entrance. Information: Michelle 413-446-8224 or michellazzo@aol.com or Genie 413-447-7734 or ebr914@Yahoo.com.

Berkshire Trans Group: A support/discussion group, 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month, Yellow House Books, 252 Main St., Great Barrington; at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire, 1089 Main St., Housatonic.

BerkshireWorks: Job club with Millie Calesky, personal and professional coach, allows job seekers to expand their network of contacts and serves as a support group throughout the job search process, Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m., optional networking at 12:45 p.m., 160 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: 413-499-2220, Ext. 154, or online at www.berkshireworks.org.

Brain Injury Assoc. of Mass.: Support groups for people and family members affected by traumatic or acquired brain injury: second Tuesday of the month, 4 to 6 p.m., BIA-MA at Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, 5th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; No. Berk. Brain Injury Support Group, fourth Tuesday of every month, 5 to 7 p.m., BFAIR, 771 South Church St., North Adams, 413-443-0200; Men's Group, second Friday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m., BIA-MA, 180C Elm Street, Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; So. Berk. Brain Injury Support Group from 4 to 6 p.m., third Tuesday of each month, Community Health Programs, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, 413-443-0200 or 888-554-5553.

Breast Cancer Support Group: Weekly, day and time to be scheduled with participants. Free group for those who are newly diagnosed or those anticipating, undergoing or completing treatment. Facilitated by Amy Jenter, LICSW, a clinician with over 35 years of experience in health care settings and who has completed cancer treatment herself. For more information, contact Laura Harner at 413-528-2810, ext. 20, lharner@berkshiresouth.org.

Breastfeeding Support: Offered by CHP & WIC for women who are expecting a child or who have an infant and are interested in breastfeeding, free, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at CHP Family Services Center, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Facilitated by MaryBeth Merritt, a peer support breastfeeding counselor and Birthing From Within mentor, 413-528-0457.

Cancer Support for Women: Support Group for all women facing similar life challenges in their journey with cancer, 2nd Tuesday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092; South County group, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 Main St., Route 7, Great Barrington, 413-447-3092.

Cancer Support Group: All those whose lives have been impacted by cancer

are welcome. Meets at 9 a.m. on the first & third Thursday of every month in the Upper Room at St. John's Church, Williamstown. Info: e-mail saintjohns@roadrunner.com or call 413-458-8144.

Cancer Resource and Support Group: For adults diagnosed with any type of cancer and their loved ones. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

Caregiver Support Groups: Open to all caregivers. Joe Choon is facilitator. Second Tuesday of the month, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc., 877 South St., Suite 4E, Pittsfield, 413-499-0524; third Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 909 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-1881 or 413-499-0524; and fourth Thursday of the month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Spitzer Senior Center, 116 Ashland St., North Adams, 413-662-3125, 413-499-0524.

Caregiver Support Group: Available for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia and memory impairments, facilitated by Dr. Jay Ellis and Ann Shartrand, LSW. Offered from 1 to 2 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at Sugar Hill Assisted Living, 45 Main St., Dalton, 413-684-0100, ext. 161.

Celebrate Recovery: 12-step faith-based recovery program meets at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Berkshire Dream Center, 475 Tyler St., Pittsfield. For people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, eating disorders, sexual addiction, co-dependency, family dysfunction, depression, and those who have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused. Free. Child care available. Signups encouraged, drop-ins are welcome, 413-522-3495, www.berkshiredreamcenter.org.

Chronic Fatigue (CFIDS, CFS), Fibromyalgia (FMS): Also called ME myalgic encephalomyelitis, and other painful syndromes. Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the Community Room at the Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough. Information: Delly, 413-442-8980, or Tom, 413-637-3242. Free. All welcome.

Conexiones Positivas-Latino Family Support Group: Family activities, story sharing, local resources & services. Children's activities in Spanish. Presented by Berkshire Children & Families, the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Elizabeth Freeman Center. Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month at BCF's Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Child care & transportation available. Registration/information: Reina Antunez at rantunez@berkshirechildren.org or Maria Elisa Fuller at elisa@berkshireic.com.

Domestic Violence Drop-In: For survivors of domestic violence. Support and resources around creating healthy relationships, helping children who witness violence, practicing self-care, DCF advocacy, art projects, and more. Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave, Pittsfield; contact Destiny at 413-499-2425.

D.O.P.E.:
Discussing Our Personal Experiences meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Berkshire South Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. This group is for those affected by and concerned about the epidemic of opioid addiction. These discussions are free and open to the public. Information: Emerson Badessa at BSRCC, 413-528-2810, ext. 30, ebadessa@berkshiresouth.org; http://berkshiresouth.org/d-o-p-e/

Early Stage Memory Loss Education & Support Group: Group session provides information/education, coping strategies, discussion/problem solving, emotional support and self-care strategies, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., third Thursday of every month, Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Family caregivers, adult children and other family members are invited. Call Home Instead at 413-442-0907 to register as a new member or for more information.

Eating Disorders Anonymous: 12-Step Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Berkshire Bank Community Room, 99 North St., Pittsfield. Contact Jen at pittsfieldeatingdisorders@gmail.com.

Families with Pride Parent Support Group: Bringing parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth together to share information and experiences to support their children. Facilitated by a licensed therapist and a parent with lived experience. Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Drop-ins welcome. Light refreshments provided; child care and transportation available. Information: Lisa at 413-442-5333, ext. 262.

Fighting with Faith: Conversation, healing scriptures, prayer, for all who have been impacted by cancer: patients, survivors, families, & caregivers. Meets at 6 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., North Adams, 413-663-3780.

Gamblers Anonymous: First floor conference room at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, BMC Hillcrest Campus, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Information contact Charlie T. at 413-637-2550.

Grandfamilies: Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles/friends Raising Others' Children Support Groups. Third Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., The Commons Work Space, Helen E. James School, 16 Main St., third floor, Williamsburg, enter on right side of building, follow signs. Fourth Wednesday, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Road, Route 20, Huntington, child care provided. For more information, call or email Pat Keith, Grandfamilies Resource Coordinator, The United Arc, patkeith@unitedarc.org, 413-834-4073.

Grief Support Group — Dalton: Held the second Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. Ext., Dalton. Information: HospiceCare at 413-443-2994.

Grief Support Group — Great Barrington: Held the fourth Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington. Information: HospiceCare at 413-443-2994.

Grief Support Group — North Adams: Meets the first Monday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at UCP of Berkshire County, 535 Curran Highway. North Adams. Information: HospiceCare in The Berkshires at 413-443-2994.

Grief Support Group — Pittsfield (HospiceCare in the Berkshires): Held the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at HCIB, 877 South St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-443-2994.

Grief Support Group — Williamstown: Weekly group for family members and friends of loved ones who have passed away and are experiencing grief, facilitated by Chaplin Dennis Castella of Hospice of Western and Central Massachusetts, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Sweetwood Retirement Community, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. To register: Amanda Plaine at 413-458-8371.

Healing After Suicide Loss: Peer (survivor) facilitated. Meets the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Berkshire Children & Families, Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Peggy Morse, 413-441-6316, peggyf@verizon.net.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF): Support group for patients, family members, caregivers, and friends of those affected by IPF and other Interstitial Lung Diseases. Meetings offer education, friendship, hope and caring for those living with these diseases. Facilitated by John and Martha Dominguez, members meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, in private dining room B, Berkshire Medical Center cafeteria, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-684-5015.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support: Meetings held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Redfield House, 48 Elizabeth St., Pittsfield. Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers, accredited by La Leche League International. New mothers, pregnant women, babies & children are welcome. Information: Marya at 413-441-7176 or www.lllberkshires.org.

Learn to Cope: Peer-led support network for those affected by the addiction and recovery of a family member or loved one. Guest speakers are either experts in the field of addiction or persons in long-term recovery. Chapter provides free enrollment and distribution of Narcan, the opiate overdose reversal drug. Weekly meetings meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at HEAL Community Room, Berkshire Medical Cancer Center, (first floor of the modern building), 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Information: 508-738-5148 or learn2cope.org.

LGBTQ Support Group: For those in the LGBTQ community impacted by relationship violence or sexual assault. Support and resources around healthy relationships, healing from past trauma, gender identity, sexuality, respect and trust, and sex, love, and dating in small communities. Safe & confidential, supportive atmosphere, optional creative arts and meditation. For time & meeting place, contact Jenn at 413-499-2425.

Loss Due to Substance Use Support Group: For those whose loved ones have died from substance use. Held the second Monday of the month at BMC Chapel, 725 North St, First Floor, Pittsfield. To register or request information, call BMC Pastoral Care Department at 413-447-2251 or HospiceCare at 413-443-2994.

Low Vision Support Group: Held in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, this group welcomes people from the community living with visual loss to come together for support and education. Meets at 3 p.m. on first Tuesday of the month, Pine Hill Art Room, Kimball Farms, 235 Walker St., Lenox.

Multiple Myeloma: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including the northern Berkshires in Mass. and eastern New York state) meets from 6-8 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Community Resource Room, SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive, Bennington, Vt. The networking group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation. Interested patients, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to join. For more information or reply, contact Jan Martin Bopp, group leader, at svt@imfsupport.org or 802-375-5494.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group of South Berkshire: Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Hevreh of South Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. Information: Lori at 413-229-3621.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group: Meets from 5-6 p.m. third Thursday of the month at the MS Resource of the Tri-State Area office, 85 Main St., Suite 212, North Adams. No registration required. Information: 413-664-2011.

Nar-Anon Meeting: 12-step support group for families and friends of those suffering from addiction, 7 to 8 p.m. Fridays, St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Our family support group is a free structured group for family members of someone living with mental illness facilitated by a trained family member, in which people learn from one another's experiences, share coping strategies, and offer mutual encouragement and understanding. Meets at 6:30 p.m., second Thursday of the month in the private dining rooms, Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Facilitators: Ed and Marsha Burniske.

nbCC's The Family Connection: Parent support group run by parents, open and safe place to connect with other parents and talk about the joys and struggles of parenting while gaining skills for their parenting toolbox, 6 to 7:30 p.m. fourth Wednesday of each month, UNO Community Center, 157 River St., North Adams. Info: The Family Place, 413-663-7588.

nbCC's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Support group for grandparents who are actively parenting their grandchildren, 5:30-7:30 p.m., first and third Tuesdays, The Family Place, 61 Main St., Suite 208, North Adams. Info: 413-663-7588.

New to Grief: Free informational meeting to learn about the grief process and how to cope, from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Adams Council on Aging, located in the Adams Visitors Center, 3 Hoosac Street, Adams. To register or request information, call HospiceCare in the Berkshires at 413-443-2994.

Ostomy Support Group: For all men and women who have had an ostomy. Meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Berkshire Medical Center, Private Dining Room A, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

Overeaters Anonymous: 12-step meeting, Wednesday, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Berkshire Bank, Community Room, 99 North St., Pittsfield; Friday, noon to 1 p.m., Fairview Hospital, ambulance building, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fairview Hospital, fourth floor, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington.

Parents Helping Parents: Share experiences and get support and encouragement from other parents, free, confidential and anonymous, Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call for location/information: 617-926-5008, ext. 102.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group: For people with the disease, their family, friends and caregivers, meets at 10:30 a.m. the last Friday of every month at Williamstown Savings Bank, lower level board room, 795 Main St., Williamstown. New members welcome. Free. Information: 413-458-8427. Need resources to help? Contact the APDA Resource Center at 1-800-651-8466.

Parkinson's Exercise Group: Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., medical clearance required, $5 per session, Fifth Floor, Medical Arts Complex, Berkshire Medical Center, North Street, Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Prostate Cancer Support Group: Open to men and the people who support them as they deal with similar life challenges in their journey with cancer. Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

Recovery International: A self-help, after-care method for persons suffering from nervous problems and fears, non-sectarian, meets at 2 p.m. every Sunday, Autumn Room at St. Mark's Church, West Street, Pittsfield; use the Albro Street entrance.

Refuge Recovery: Addiction recovery meetings utilizing Buddhist philosophy and meditation as the foundation of the recovery process from addictions of any kind. All are welcome, weekly meetings held Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m., The Jack Stern Center in Priscilla's Room, 41 Mahaiwe St., Great Barrington. Contact: thomlipiczky@gmail.com.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group: Provides support and information using peer mentors and clinic experience. Guest speakers provide new insights into care. Meets at 5 p.m., first Thursday of each month, Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, 777 North St., 5th Floor, Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group: Free monthly support group for those whose partner or spouse has died. No affiliation with hospice required. Held the third Tuesday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South St, Pittsfield. To register, call HospiceCare at 413-443-2994.

Stroke Survivors Support Group:
For survivors and caregivers, first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m., BMC Medical Arts Center building, outpatient rehab gym, fifth floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield. Contact: David Wasielewski at 413-684-0152, walu2@verizon.net, or Berkshire Medical Center, 413-447-2000.

Tea and Talk: A support group for adult women with a brain injury, first Thursday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m., at Brain Injury Association-Massachusetts, Western Regional Office, 180 Elm St., Suite C, Pittsfield. Call 413-443-0200 before first meeting.

Tobacco Treatment Programs: Men's program meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m., women's program meets Thursdays at 6 p.m., Fairview Hospital conference room, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; preregistration: 413-854-9608.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, weight loss support group, every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, 413-442-3964 and/or 413-442-0829.

Transitions: For people who have or are currently having housing issues because of relationship violence or its effects. Support and resources around finding and transitioning into stable housing, plus art activities like pottery, knitting, painting, re-purposing items, and more. Every Monday at 10 a.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield; Heather at 413-499-2425.

Whatever Works Berkshires: A support group for people using medication-assisted treatment for addiction recovery. Meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the George B. Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield, and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at United Cerebral Palsy, 535 Curran Highway, Route 8, North Adams. Transportation help may be available. For information, email whateverworks789@yahoo.com or visit the Whatever Works Berkshires page on Facebook.

Women Warriors: Peer support, resources, and social activities for survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Social outings (picnics, fairs, trips), holiday celebrations, stories of courage, peer support, coping skills, & more. Every Friday from 2-4 p.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield; Linda P. at 413-499-2425.


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