NAMI sponsors series of classes on dealing with mental illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Clallam County will sponsor a Family-to-Family Education Program beginning Saturday, April 12.

This free, 12-week course is designed to meet the needs of family members and close friends of an adult who is living with a mental illness.

The course will meet from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Port Angeles at Olympic Medical Center, 939 Caroline St., each Saturday.

Information on bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and co-occurring disorders will be presented, along with coping skills for handling crises and relapse.

Other topics include current brain research, treatment and medication options, listening and communication techniques, and self-care for caregivers.

The course is facilitated by trained family member volunteers. Curriculum for these classes was written by an experienced family member/mental health professional.

Class size is limited, so early registration is advised.

For more information or to register, call 452-5244.


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