NAMI hopeful classes will help mental health caregivers cope

NAMI Family-to-Family Education—a free, 12-session program for relatives and friends of people diagnosed with a mental illness—will be offered in Franklin on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 starting February 12. Sponsored by NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the course provides up-to-date information about bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental illnesses.

Trained family members teach this course, which balances education and skills training with self-care, emotional support and empowerment. The curriculum, developed by a clinical psychologist with an ill family member, is taught nation wide and recognized for it’s excellence.

Some comments from previous attendees:

“It let me know that I am not alone”.

“I felt like I had been under water for a long time. The Family-to-Family class let me surface and take a deep breath”.

“Classes are fun and very informative.”

“It helped save my son’s life”.

“Finally, concrete information about biological brain disorders. It changed my life”.

“By far the most pertinent, informative and family oriented class I have ever taken”.

This extensive curriculum covers:

• Coping skills, and handling crisis and relapses

• Listening and communication techniques

• Problem solving, setting limits and rehabilitation

• Understanding the experiences of someone living with a mental illness

• Medications and their side effects

• Connecting to and receiving community services and

• Advocacy and fighting discrimination.

Confidentiality is maintained. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.

To register or learn more contact:

Ann 828 369-7385 or Mary Ann 828 524-1355

Funded by a grant from Macon County Community Foundation, the Macon County Funding Pool, and a gift from the Neidig Family Foundation.