Education course set for families of the mentally ill

A Family-to-Family Education Program for families of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness is being offered beginning Sept. 9.

The 12-week course, held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 25, is being offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ozaukee County, in affiliation with United Way of Northern Ozaukee County.

The class will be held in Mequon.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and major depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, coping skills such handling crisis and relapse, basic information about medications, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation and self-care around worry and stress.

The curriculum has been written by an experienced family member and mental health professional, and the course will be taught by NAMI-Ozaukee family member volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors.

The course is designed for parents, siblings, spouses and adult children and significant others of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. It is not appropriate for individuals who themselves suffer from one of the major mental illnesses.

The course is free, but class size is limited.  

For more information or to register, view namiozaukee.org, email namiozaukee@gmail.com  or call NAMI Ozaukee at 243-3627.

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