*NAMI "Family-to-Family" is a free 12-week mental health education course designed for family members and friends caretaking an ADULT loved one with a mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, panic attacks, OCD, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain and addictive disorders. Taught by trained volunteers, the class offers education and support for families and friends of people living with a mental illness. The curriculum, developed by psychologist and family member Dr. Joyce Burland, provides a unique family perspective as well as a time for sharing and healing. Topics covered include symptoms, medication/treatments, strategies for handling crisis and relapse, coping skills, communication techniques, self-care, advocacy, etc. This course provides knowledge and skills that enable family members to cope more effectively with what is going on in their family. You are invited to:
* Attend with other family members just like you in a confidential setting
* Gain insight into how mental illness affects your relative or loved one
* Take an eye-opening look inside some of today's current brain research related to mental illness
* Learn how families can become advocates for better treatments for their relatives and loved ones
* Learn about mental illness medications available and the latest treatment options.
* Learn to cope with worry and stress; learn to focus on care for yourself as well as your loved ones.
* Join other individuals like you who have gained information, insight, understanding and empowerment.
Classes will begin Sept. 10, 2018, and will be held weekly on Monday evenings from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the River Region West Campus Conference Rm., 1111 N. Frontage Rd., Vicksburg. Pre-registration is required to reserve a book and seat. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601-630-9470 (leave message) or 800-357-0388 for more info & to register. Deadline to register is Aug. 30th.
*NAMI = National Alliance on Mental Illness.