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NAMI program offers mental illness information, support

By From page A3 | July 23, 2014

Families and caregivers of people suffering from a brain disorder may want to sign up for NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Program this fall. The sessions will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. from Aug. 26 through Nov. 4, with an additional session on Thursday, Aug. 28.

All meetings will be in Woodland.

The program is designed to help participants understand the causes and origins of the illness and how to cope with issues that arise in lifestyle, communication and advocacy. 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.

Sessions also will include aspects of the diagnostic process, current treatments, getting help and coping strategies.

Research in the arena of mental illness is ongoing, and it is one of the many goals of NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 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 17th 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 or to register, call 530-756-8181 to leave your name and phone number, or send an email to [email protected]

Enterprise staff

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