The Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is reporting a drastic shortfall in platelet inventory as a result of the low donor response surrounding Memorial Day weekend. Hospital orders are going unfilled in some cases, and patients that depend on blood platelets may be put at risk. Platelet donors are being urged to call 1-800-272-2123 to schedule a donation immediately.
NAMI Arlington General Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road. Call Frank Gisondi at 703-760-8988 or Betsy Greer at 703-525-8616.
NAMI Arlington Advocacy meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road. Call Batsy Greer at 703-525-8616.
NAMI Arlington sponsors a support group for parents of children, teens and young adults with a psychiatric diagnosis. The group meets on the third Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St. Contact Naomi Verdugo at 703-862-9588.
Depressive and Manic Depressive Group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at Sunrise of Falls Church, 200 N. Washington St., Falls Church. Call Marshall Epstein at 703-641-5460.
Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorders Support Group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Call Loren Booda at 703-524-9474.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Groups at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane:
* Group for families meets the first Monday of the month, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call Marie 703-978-6425.
* Group for sufferers meets every Monday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call Peter, 703-535-6575
Buddhist meditation class on Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., at Tower Villas Office Plaza, Griffin Center, Suite 5, 3800 Fairfax Drive, taught by Buddhist nun Kelsang Varahi of Vajrayogini Buddhist Center. Learn about an authentic practice of meditation and say goodbye to stress. Classes include guided meditations, a talk on Buddhism, question and answer, and refreshments. $10. 202-331-2122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region sponsors several support groups for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers, free of charge. Call 703-425-6660.
Arlington Public health holds regular anonymous HIV testing, no appointment required. To be tested, visit 1800 N. Edison St. Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., or Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Testing by appointment is also available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 12-1:30 p.m. Call 703-228-5266.
The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry is launching an effort to provide health education and personal skills for Northern Virginia’s immigrant and migrant populations. NOVAM plans to bring its new RV mobile unit to the streets of immigrant communities. The program will be funded by a $250,000 grant from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Awards. Arlington is among the five counties NOVAM plans to target.
HIV/AIDS Support Groups. Sponsored by the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Includes groups for women, Latinos, heterosexuals and those newly diagnosed. Call Ron Redfoot at 703-531-4979.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Family Support Group. Meets first Monday of the month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. Call 703-978-6425 for details.
Odyssey Healthcare, a hospice provider, seeks volunteers in the Northern Virginia community to visit and assist terminally ill patients and their families. Training will be provided. Call Karen Baroody at 703-821-9200 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Parkinson's Disease Support Groups (Patient Discussion, Carepartners and Exercise Classes) meet weekday mornings at the Cherrydale Baptist Church, 3910 Lorcom Lane. The Parkinson Foundation invites persons with PD and their carepartners. Interested participants must call ahead. Call Leon Paparella at 202-966-4450.
The STD Clinic of Arlington now offers confidential HIV and STD testing on Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. The clinic is located at 1800 N. Edison St. The Anonymous HIV Testing Clinic is also open Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. and Thursdays 1:30-2:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary. For information call 703-228-5200. To make an appointment, call 703-228-5266. This open clinic is sponsored by the Community Capacity Building Coalition, a coalition of organizations committed to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. In Arlington, 9 percent of the population are African American, but approximately 27 percent of the people living with HIV/AIDS in Arlington are African American.