Saturday, February 02, 2008

NAMI Bath/Brunswick Support Group

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine (NAMI-ME) and the NAMI Bath-Brunswick Affiliate will sponsor the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program specifically for families of person diagnosed with serious mental illness. The 12-week series of classes will start in Brunswick on Thursday, March 6, 2008 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., with prior registration required.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and depression), anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder and personality disorder; coping skills such as 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. An experienced family member who is a mental health professional wrote the curriculum and the program is endorsed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI-Bath/Brunswick family member volunteers, who have taken intensive training as course instructors, will teach the course.

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

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Course is Free. For more information or to register, call Tracie at 798-5891, or contact NAMI-Maine at 1-800-464-5767.

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