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Families course on mental illness

To the editor:

“The Family to Family class was a lifesaver for us.”

This comment is frequently heard in feedback about the free course for families from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

When mental illness hits an individual it also impacts the family and support people around that person. The need for information and a community of others who know the difficulty of living in this situation is not always addressed by health providers.

Family and support people for individuals living with serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, can register for Family to Family which will be offered starting in early January in Houghton.

The series of 12 sessions is structured to help caregivers and support people understand and support individuals while maintaining their own well-being. The course, designated an evidence based practice by SAMHSA, is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders.

Free classes are being organized for Tuesday evenings starting in January in Houghton from 6-8:30pm. Pre-registration is required and is open now and the deadline to register is Jan. 3, 2019.

Classes are for support people only. Call Bill or Barry Elizabeth Fink at 482-4632.

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