There’s no time like the present to live the healthiest, happiest life possible, especially since May is Mental Health Month. And Santa Barbara has plenty of support groups to help you on your journey.

Healing Circles: For people grieving the death of a loved one. Meets Thursday, May 24, and every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. Call 563-8820 for location.

Alateen Meeting: A group for kids living in homes with alcohol or drug abuse. Meets every Tuesday from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at the Daniel Bryant Center (25 W. Anapamu St.). Call 563-5482.

Marijuana Anonymous: For those whose pot smoking has gone from casual fun to an unwelcome dependency. Meets every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Alano Club (235 E. Cota St.) and every Friday from 6-7 p.m. at 126 East Haley Street, Suite A-12. Call 962-3400.

Survivors of Suicide: Learn to cope with the trauma of a loved one lost due to suicide. Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month; the next meeting is June 6. Call 563-8820 for time and location.

Parent Bereavement: A group for parents grieving the death of a child. Meets Thursday, May 17, and every first and third Thursday of the month. Call 563-8820 for time and location.


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