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NAMI to host several classes about mental illness and treatment

I would like to take this opportunity to feature NAMI, the National Alliance onMental Illness.  There are several articles today all across the nation that discuss classes being held by this organization that are free of charge and are geared to family and friends of the mentally ill.  These classes help educate about brain chemistry, medications,  symptoms, communication skills, and how to deal with crisis periods.

This is a wonderful organization and deserves to be applauded for its continued work in teaching about mental illness and for its work to de-stigmatize mental illness.

Below are some of these articles I found today.  Please click through and read the article.  Don’t you want one of the classes in your hometown?

Classes provided to learn about mental illness issues
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Clatsop County has announced a family education opportunity for people who want to learn more about mental illnesses.

The first class will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27 in Seaside. The 11-week series of classes is appropriate for anyone in a family or close relationship with someone who deals with an illness like depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

The Family to Family Education Program is a free series of related classes that build on each other.

Students will learn about basic brain biology, how medications work in the brain, illness symptoms and crisis periods and listening and communication skills designed to improve how families cope with having a relative with a serious mental illness.(click here to read more)

Health professionals attend seminar about mental illness

Nearly 70 healthcare professionals gathered at Edgewood Manor on Feb. 3 for a continuing education seminar. Stein Hospice, Home Instead Senior Care and Heritage Health Care co-sponsored the event, which was attended mostly by nurses and social workers.

The program, titled “Beautiful Minds: Mental Health and Recovery,” was given by Suzanne Robinson, director of programs for National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio.

The speaker was sponsored by the Center for Mental Health and Well-Being at Memorial Hospital.

Robinson has been affiliated with NAMI for many years and has a great deal of knowledge and experience with mental illness. She was able to relate personal experiences to her topic.

NAMI is an organization that offers many programs and services for those whose lives have been touched by mental illness. For information, visit www.nami.org. NAMI has national, state and local offices.

The event was for three credits, and lunch was provided and offered at no cost. (click here to read more)

Free courses offered about mental illness

TIFFIN — A regional chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free education course to help family members learn about mental illness and its treatment.

NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot counties is offering the program on 12 consecutive Mondays, beginning March 1. The classes run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Organizers said the classes, open to family members, caregivers, and health-care providers, help people understand the clinical treatment of brain disorders and teaches family members the skills needed to cope with mental illness.

There’s no fee to attend but registration is required.(click here to read more)

NAMI hosting monthly program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Johnson County will hold a monthly education program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Hospital. The program by Vida Higgins, the Johnson County mental health advocate, will be about court-ordered hospitalization in Johnson County. Higgins represents the interest of court-committed patients.

Assistant Johnson County attorney Ann Lahey also will speak. She represents the state in many commitmnet hearings and appeals.(click here to read more)

Mental illness program planned

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Johnson County monthly education program will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Hospital.

Support groups will start at 5:30 p.m. for people with mental illness, and a group will meet for family members. The program will be in the First Floor Conference Room.

Johnson County Mental Health Advocate Vida Higgins will discuss court-ordered hospitalization in Johnson County. Assistant Johnson County Attorney Anne Lahey, who represents the state in many commitment hearings and appeals, also will speak.(click to see the original article)

Whittier family education course on mental illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Whittier will sponsor the NAMI Family-to-Family education course specifically for families of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday beginning Feb. 16 through May 4.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, bipolar illness, major depression and schizoaffective disorder as well as panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Other topics covered are coping skills and basic information about brain biology and medications.

The curriculum was written by an experienced family member, mental health professional and is taught by NAMI family member volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors.

The course is designed specifically for parents, sibilings, spouses, teen-age and adult children and significant others of persons with severe or persistent psychiatric disabilities.

It is not appropriate for individuals who themselves suffer from one of the major mental illnesses.

The course and free and open to the community.

Advanced registration is required.(click to read more)

Education program about mental illness draws from woman’s own family experience

OLEAN – When a member of Laurel Stanley’s family was diagnosed with a mental illness several years ago, she and her other relatives were uncertain about how to help, or what to do.

In the years that followed, Mrs. Stanley organized the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Cattaraugus County to help area families cope with relatives who have mental illness.

Beginning in March, Mrs. Stanley, president of the county chapter, and Etta Walker will serve as volunteer teachers of a free 12-week course for families and friends of individuals with serious mental illness. The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 9 wrapping up May 25 at a venue in Olean. The sessions will include lectures, discussions and videos, as well as refreshments.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, mood disorders, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Participants also will learn coping skills, basic information about medications, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation methods, and how to take care of themselves when worried and stressed.

“The hope is that it (course) will generate interest in the organization,” Mrs. Stanley said.

Mrs. Stanley, who is a licensed clinical social worker in a private practice, said NAMI is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The organization has affiliates in states throughout the country and has a goal of educating family members and the general public about mental illness.

“The main purpose of NAMI, as opposed to all the other mental-health organizations, is the families,” Mrs. Stanley explained. “It’s so hard on families to have a seriously mentally ill person. Our niche is mainly helping families” through advocacy, education and support.(click to read more)

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