The University of Mississippi will aid in suicide awareness and prevention by hosting the second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Together with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, local hosts include the University of Mississippi Clinical Disaster Research Collaborative, Psychological Services Center, Department of Psychology and Psychology Honors Society.
The walk will take place Nov. 5 in the Lyceum Circle on the UM campus. Registration starts and 8 a.m., opening ceremonies begin at 9, and the 1.5-mile walk through campus starts at 9:30. Following the walk, participants are welcome to enjoy food, live music, and discussion with each other as well as mental health experts from the University and community.
People can register at www.outofthedarkness.org by clicking on the “Find an Event Near You” and signing up for the Lafayette-Oxford University Walk. Registration is free. Proceeds from the Out of the Darkness Community Walk will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (October 19, 2011)
Oxford Medical Clinic will host Pink Lemonade Day for breast cancer awareness from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 26. Area residents are invited to stop by to learn how to help prevent or detect breast cancer in the earliest, most curable stages. Participants may come at their convenience; no appointment is necessary. The event is sponsored by Drs. Mona Castle and Thomas Glasgow. For more information, call 234-1791 or 1-800-843-3375. Oxford Medical Clinic is located at 2161 S. Lamar Blvd. (October 19, 2011)
As part of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness month, the public is encouraged to attend a meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library. Deborah Yates, executive director of Tupelo’s Shelter and Assistance Families Emergencies project, will discuss domestic violence and its impact on society. The meeting will be hosted by Terry J. Williams-Buffington, a community activist for families of domestic violence. For more information, contact Williams-Buffington at 801-0830 or email@example.com. (October 19, 2011)
The Healing Hearts Suicide Grief Support Group will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrews United Methodist Church. This is a peer-led group offering support for adults grieving a suicide death. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Tania Hatfield at 662-701-7389. (October 19, 2011)
The Council on Aging will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at Azalea Gardens Senior Care Community for coffee and information exchange. This is an informal group that meets the third Thursday of each month to provide a network of communication exchange for those who work with and on behalf of our older citizens. All service agency providers and interested volunteers throughout the area are encouraged to attend these monthly networking meetings. For more information, contact Jo Ann O’Quin at email@example.com or the United Way at 236-4265. (October 19, 2011)
Baptist Center for Cancer Care is sponsoring Renewal with Hope, a gathering for patients, their caregivers and friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cancer Center, 504 Azalea Drive. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 513-9612. (October 14, 2011)
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Connection, a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Magnolia Room of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. People learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer encouragement and understanding. For more Information, call NAMI Mississippi at 1-800-357-0388. (October 14, 2011)
The local Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Magnolia Room of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Family and friends of those affected by MS are invited to attend. For more information, call Robert Allen at 234-3515. (September 19, 2011)
Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Caregiver Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Azalea Gardens Assisted Living Community, 100 Azalea Drive, in Oxford. Meetings are open to all caregivers interested in those with Alzheimer’s and related memory loss disorders and provides resources and support for caring for individuals who have memory loss. Refreshments are provided compliments of Azalea Gardens. For more information contact the Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging at 877-948-3090 or Jo Ann O’Quin, Department of Social Work, 236-1879 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (September 7, 2011)
In honor of September being named as Disaster Preparedness Month, the North Central Mississippi Medical Reserve Corps, Oxford Emergency Management and RSVP will have a tent set up Friday on the Square in front of the Skipwith Cottage with free information on how to prepare for natural disasters. Information about preparing for a disaster will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call either RSVP at 232-2377 or MRC at 232-2476. (September 6, 2011)