These groups meet regularly.
Adolescents Who Have Lost a Loved One to Suicide — Mondays, April 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7 p.m. Grassroots Crisis Intervention is hosting a four-week support and education group for adolescents who have lost a loved one to suicide. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their thoughts, feelings and experiences related to their loss and develop healthy ways of coping through peer support, education and activities. The group will be facilitated by a licensed social worker and social work intern. Participants are asked to attend all four sessions. Grassroots offices, 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia. Free. Registration required; space is limited. Tamara Van Newkirk, 410-531-6677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asperger's Syndrome — Second Thursday, 7:30-9 p.m. Support and education. Howard County Autism Society Resource Center, 10280 Old Columbia Road, Suite 215, Columbia. Elaine McAuliffe, 410-730-0068 or email@example.com.
Autism Biomedical Support Group — Every other month, second Wednesday, 7 p.m. Nourishing Journey, 10440 Shaker Drive, Suite 105, Columbia. Jennifer Palmer, 410-992-3001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance — Second Friday, 7-9 p.m. For ages 18 and older. Howard County General Hospital, Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia; and third Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Youth group for ages 13-17. Sheppard Pratt at Ellicott City, the Rotunda, 4100 College Ave., Ellicott City. Vanessa, 443-995-8351 or DBSAhowardcounty@yahoo.com.
Divorce — Second Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Financial divorce specialist John Faggio presents a workshop on what women should know about divorce 410-772-4975 or http://www.divorce-finances.com.
Family Support Group — Second Monday, 7 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, music room, 7607 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel; second Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Day room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Provides support and education to the family and friends of adults with a mental illness. 410-772-9300 or http://www.nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.
Individual Differences In Learning — Second Monday, 7 p.m. Information and support for parents and teachers of highly able children with learning disabilities. Linden-Linthicum Church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane, Clarksville. 410-531-0764 or http://www.gifteddifferentlearners.orghttp://www.gifteddifferentlearners.org.
Insulin Dependent/Type 1 Adult Diabetes — Second Monday, 7 p.m. Howard County Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. Judy Haxton, 301-490-0029, or Lisa Hoffmeyer, 410-788-8720.
Men's Grief Support Group — Second Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing monthly group for men who have lost their spouse or life partner. Gilchrist Hospice Care-Howard County Office, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia. Program is free, but registration is required. 410-730-5072.
Moms Club of Woodbine — Second Monday, 10 a.m. Social and support group for mothers in the Woodbine, Cooksville and Glenwood areas. 443-812-2655 or WoodbineMOMSclub@yahoogroups.com.
Moms Inc. — Second Tuesday, 10 a.m. Support and networking group for moms who run a home-based business (or those who would like to start one). Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane. 410-795-8390 or http://www.momsinc.org.
Parent Support Group — Second Monday, noon-1:30 p.m. Support for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues. First Presbyterian Church, Room 204, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. 410-772-9300 or http://www.nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) — Second and fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Rainbow Youth and Allies (RYA) social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, ages 12-22. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.
Parkinson's Disease Support Group for Caregivers/Care Partners — Second Tuesday, 10 a.m. Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, arts and crafts room, 5400 Vantage House Road, Columbia. Lynada Johnson, 410-992-1120.
Polio Group — Second Saturday, 10 a.m. For anyone who has had polio. Ruth Keeton House, 5466 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Jean, 410-312-0606.
Spouse Caregivers — Second Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Somerford Place Alzheimer's Assisted Living, 8220 Snowden River Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-9744.
Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Groups must be open to the public; priority will be given to those that meet in Howard County. Send information to: Support groups, Baltimore Sun Media Group, Targeted Media, 501 N. Calvert St., Third Floor, Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-332-6495; or email email@example.com.