Free depression, bipolar and anxiety support meetings in west Rockford

Staff Report

Led by Tommy Meeks, the Mental Health Association of Rock River Valley announces its Group Hope service will expand to three locations on the west side of Rockford. The association knows many people cannot access professional care or don’t know if they need it. Yet, depression and bipolar disorders are common in all neighborhoods.

For 11 years, Group Hope has shown how much people help each other and themselves just talking together about the painful moods and experiences that dominate lives. We wish everyone caught in depression could gain understanding and acceptance in groups like this.

Meeks is a well-known advocate for African-Americans. He is employed with the Winnebago County Board as a liaison to citizens of the west side as well as people caught up with law enforcement issues. Others who might want to help can contact Tommy Meeks at (815) 218-2861 or Dr. Charles Smith at (815) 398-9628.

The next meetings this month are scheduled as follows:

• Resource Intervention Center (RIC), each Friday starting Oct. 17, 1:30-3 p.m. at 214 N. Church St., Rockford. This meeting is closed — private.

• Northwest Community Center, each Tuesday starting Oct. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. at 1325 N. Johnston Ave., Rockford. This meeting is open, and family may attend.

• Washington Park Community Center, each Wednesday starting Oct. 22, 6:30-8 p.m. at 3617 Delaware St., Rockford. This meeting is open, and family may attend.

All other Group Hope meetings are open for attendance; see

From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue

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