Friday, February 10, 2012

Educational Program to be held for those with family or friends with mental illness

SEYMOUR — NAMI-CT is offering a 12-week Family-To-Family Educational Program for family members and friends of individuals who have a mental illness, starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder are some of the mental illnesses discussed.
The course topics include learning about communication skills; medication review; empathy workshop; biology of the brain and current research; problem solving; diagnosis and dealing with critical periods; available rehabilitation services; advocacy and fighting stigma.
The program offers valuable information that can help family members understand and support their ill relative and learn how to be better able to maintain their own well being. 
The classes are taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with serious mental illness.
Preregistration is required. There is no cost to participate. For more information or to register, all Terrilynn at 203-881-2707.

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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