NAMI NSV Offers Family-to-Family Educational Class
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Northern Shenandoah Valley affiliate, will sponsor the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program specifically for families of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. The twelve-class session starts on Saturday, March 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Calvary Baptist Church, 844 Amherst St. in Winchester.
The course will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress. The curriculum has been written by an experienced family member who is a mental health professional and the course will be taught by two NAMI – Northern Shenandoah Valley family member volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors. Teachers and students alike describe this course as a wonderful experience that balances basic education and skill-training with emotional supports, self-care and empowerment. The course is a unique opportunity for networking for families with relatives who have a serious mental illness.
The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teen-age and adult sons and daughters, partners, and significant others who are caregivers of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. The course is not appropriate for individuals who themselves have a major mental illness.