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Struggling to overcome grief

Free programs offered by Parnership for Violence Free Families at public library

Note: The Partnership for Violence Free Families recently celebrated 15 years serving Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin counties. As PVFF services have evolved and grown. The company name will be changed to reflect that. The new name is Prevention Awareness Support Services and be known as PASS.

The Mental Health Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties will hold a series of free programs focusing on the struggle to overcome grief.

The programs take place in the Ada Public Library from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, March 6, through May 8, according to Chris Estes, Prevention Marketing Specialist, LOSS Team Coordinator.

Estes asks: “Are you struggling with your grief, over a death, a relationship, your pet, a life change? When Option A doesn’t work out, go to Option B, which is facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy.”

The group sessions will work with the book titled “Option B.” Books will be available for participants who do not have their own copy.

Trained facilitators will lead the sessions, which are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Estes at 419-549-9530, extension 4, 302 W. Franklin St., Kenton, or e-mail ceste4s@pvff.org. Registration is encouraged.

The Partnership for Violence Free Families was founded in 2001 through a grant by the Anthem Foundation of Ohio. PVFF is made up of individuals representing over 40 organizations that plan, organize, implement, and evaluate activities

PVFF’s mission statement: “Supporting safer and healthier communities through awareness, education, and prevention”. PVFF accomplishes this mission by initiating community awareness, providing public education, providing training to professionals, and bringing best practice programs to the Allen, Auglaize and Hardin County areas. Priority concerns addressed by PVFF include family violence, bullying, suicide, mental wellness and problem gambling.