Three free courses offered locally to help people with mental illness, their families PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 22 February 2013 10:50
People with mental illness and their families often face a lonely journey.  Their lives involve not only coping with symptoms but also finding treatment, navigating insurance systems and facing the stigma that still haunts these brain disorders.  That's why the National Alliance on Mental Illness was founded.  And it's why Wood County's local NAMI chapter is once again hosting three education courses this winter.  
All courses are designed for those with chronic mental illness, their families and their caregivers.  All are taught by trained volunteers with experience of mental illness in their own families.
All are free of charge.  Each course meets at NAMI Wood County's offices at 541 W. Wooster St. in Bowling Green.  For more information, please contact NAMI Wood County at (419) 352-0626.
The three courses are:
• Family-to-Family, a 12-week course for people caring for relatives with a mental illness begins Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.  The course addresses the profound concerns of close relatives and friends struggling to understand the serious mental illnesses their loved ones have been diagnosed with.  Participants will learn about the symptoms their loved one lives with, medications and other treatments available, and current brain research.  
• NAMI Basics is designed for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness.  Participants learn strategies for handling challenging behavior and how to work with the school system and mental health providers to get the best treatment.
• Peer-to-Peer is a recovery course for adults living with mental illness.  The course is taught by adults recovering from mental illness themselves.  The 10-week class offers a holistic approach to recovery through a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises, and stress-management techniques.  It begins Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.

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