The Yolo County chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill brings back its Family-to-Family education program this fall. The 12-session program helps families and caregivers of people suffering from a brain disorder understand the causes and origins of the illness. Tips also are offered on how to cope with issues that arise in lifestyle, communication, advocacy and more.
The sessions will run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 9 and continuing through Nov. 18, with one additional meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11. All classes will be held in West Sacramento.
The sessions will cover the major brain disorders such as schizophrenia/schizo-affective disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurrence and addiction disorders.
Research in the arena of mental illness is ongoing, and it is one of NAMI’s goals to keep up with the latest discoveries and treatment protocols, which will be reflected in the course discussion and materials.
NAMI-Yolo’s Family-to-Family program is in its 16th year, taught by trained NAMI members, and is free, including materials.
Pre-registration is required and the class is limited to 16 people. Information about the program is available on the NAMI-Yolo website at www.namiyolo.org/family. For more information and/or to register, call 530-756-8181 to leave your name and phone number.