The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Mental Health Association will present a Family-to-Family education program for families of those diagnosed with serious mental illness.
The 12-class series will begin Wednesday at the J. Walter Cameron Center.
The curriculum was written by a mental health professional whose family member suffers from mental illness. Volunteers who themselves have relatives with mental illness will teach the program.
There will be information about schizophrenia, mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Other topics will include learning coping skills to handle crisis and relapse, basic information about medications, communication techniques, and self-care to help with worry and stress.
The course is designed for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children, and significant others of people with severe and persistent mental illness. The course is not appropriate for individuals who suffer from major mental illnesses.
To register or obtain more information, call Bob or Harriet Collopy at 572-3757.