Free course for families living with mental illness
BELFAST – Do you have a loved one with mental illness? NAMI Bangor and NAMI Maine (the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine) will sponsor a free, confidential Family-to-Family Education Program beginning on Thursday evening, September 6 and running through November 15 in Belfast. (New students will be accepted until the third class on September 20.)
The course, which will meet weekly on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m., is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children, and significant others of adults with mental illness.
The curriculum was written by an experienced family member who is also a mental health professional, and the course will be taught by NAMI family member volunteers from the local area who have taken intensive training as course instructors.
The course covers information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other major mental illnesses.
In addition, the course addresses coping skills, such as handling crisis and relapse; medications and other forms of treatment; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; advocacy; and self-care.
Pre-registration is required. Location details will be provided to participants as they register.
For more information or to enroll in the course, call Betsy at (207) 866-3307, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Tonya Bailey-Curry at NAMI Maine, 1-800-464-5767 extension 2305.