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Psychiatrist to talk about medication

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will present a talk by Dr. Kevin Harrison of the Maryland Center for Psychiatry on "Psychiatric Medications for Children: Weighing the Risks and Benefits" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Light refreshments will be served at 7 p.m.

Information: 410-772-9300.

Tai Sophia to focus on men's health

Tai Sophia Institute, a graduate school for wellness-based disciplines, will present a community program focusing on men's health from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel.

The cost is $25. Those who attend can receive two continuing education credits. Registration: 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611.

An open house for those interested in a career in the field of alternative medicine is planned for 9:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Sept. 22. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet members of the faculty, students and graduates, and attend panels about the institute's graduate programs in acupuncture, herbal medicine and applied healing arts.

Representatives from the institute's admissions office will be available to answer questions.

Information: 410-888-9048 or 800-735-2968, Ext. 6647, or go to

Hospital project to break ground

Howard County General Hospital will hold a groundbreaking ceremony from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 for a 233,656-square-foot expansion and renovation project.

The groundbreaking marks the start of construction for the hospital's Campus Development Plan, the largest in the hospital's history. Included are a five-level pavilion with three inpatient units, the conversion of all patient rooms to private rooms, a ground-level outpatient rehabilitation center, a dedicated critical-care floor, a state-of-the-art surgery area to increase the hospital's surgical capacity, larger laboratory and pharmacy facilities, enhanced space for support for new information and clinical data systems, and a new lobby and 550-car parking garage.

Howard County General Hospital is a 219-bed not-for-profit facility with a staff of more than 800 physicians and other health professionals.

Caregiver support -- The Caregiver Support Group at Winter Growth, 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 410-964-9616.

NAMI support -- NAMI-Howard County, the county chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is offering free support groups and courses this month:

A group for people with mental illness who work, go to school and regularly interact in the community will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 2 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia. The group meets on alternate Tuesdays.

A group for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health problems will meet from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Court in Columbia.

A group for friends and family members of adults with a mental illness is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Harmony Hall, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Peer-to-Peer, a nine-week course on recovery for people with serious mental illnesses, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 26, at 9151 Rumsey Road, Suite 150, Columbia. Registration is required. Susan Heisel, 410-772-9300.

Living well -- The Howard County Office on Aging will present "Living Well ... Take Charge of Your Health," a series of workshops for people with chronic health conditions that focuses on managing symptoms, making daily tasks easier and communicating more effectively with doctors. The cost is $25 for six sessions. Workshops will be held:

9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Nov. 6 at Glenwood Community and Senior Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville.

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Nov. 6 and 13 at Howard County General Hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Information: Maryland Access Point of Howard County (MAP), 410-313-5980.

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