“In Our Own Voice” presentation: 7-8:30 p.m. March 9, second floor, Town Center, Flint Room, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford. For information: 781-275-7727; email@example.com. The presentation aims to change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes about people living with mental health conditions. Two trained presenters with firsthand experience of a mental health condition will talk openly about their experiences. The presentation will include personal testimony, a video component and discussion. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about mental health and challenge misconceptions. RSVP is required. The snow date will be March 16.
Coffee with the Counselors: 7:45-8:45 a.m. May 7, Bedford High School LGI, 9 Mudge Way. The Bedford Public Schools’ Counseling Department will host a “Coffee with the Counselors” series to engage parents and caregivers in mental health and social emotional wellness conversations. Each program will involve a short presentation that includes a variety of resources and handouts. The last presentation will be “Mental Wellness Through Post-Secondary Transitions.” There will be a time for discussions and questions after the presentation.
Bedford Al-Anon Parents’ Group: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Parish Church on the Common, Room 204, 75 Great Road. For information: 781-275-0540, 781-275-7994. For all those affected by a loved one’s alcohol or drug use. Attendees will learn strategies for self-care in a welcoming group.
NAMI Family Support Group: 7:30-9:30 p.m. last Tuesdays, First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road, Bedford. Free. For information: 781-982-3318, firstname.lastname@example.org, namimass.org/programs/nami-family-support-groups.
Family members and caregivers of people living with mental illness can find understanding, hope and help at the National Alliance on Mental Illness confidential Family Support Group. Facilitated by NAMI-trained volunteers who have experience with mental health concerns.
Friday Night Dance: 7-11:45 p.m. Fridays, Bedford American Legion, 357 Great Road. For information: 781-275-3140, bedfordlegion.org. Dancing, appetizers, a DJ and cash bar.
Free tax assistance: The Bedford Council on Aging and the Bedford Library offer free tax assistance primarily for low- to moderate-income seniors, prepared by qualified volunteers. When the client leaves the interview, they take all their documentation with them so that nothing is left with the volunteer, and the returns are subsequently electronically filed, unless the client prefers that a paper return be mailed. There are limited returns that the IRS does not permit the COA to prepare, such as rental properties as well as some business returns, but in general, most every other return is acceptable. After someone schedules an appointment, he or she will receive a letter outlining the documentation required, as well as an intake form to assist in preparing for the interview. If someone needs to cancel the appointment for any reason, the COA requests a call in order to assist another taxpayer in that same time slot. To schedule an appointment at the Council on Aging, call 781-275-6825.