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Free Course on Mental Illness for Family Members

February 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County is offering Family-to-Family, a free course for family caregivers of individuals over 18 with serious mental illnesses. The course provides information and skills to help all family members cope and move toward recovery.

The teachers are NAMI-trained family members who have lived the journey and relate personally to those seeking knowledge and comfort. Their training and the shared experience of class members create a supportive, uplifting learning experience. The course is entirely private; information shared stays within the group. Meet others who share your struggle, compare notes, and gain new insight!

This course will answer your questions and reduce your uncertainty and pressure. You’ll receive current information on serious mental illnesses including depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, borderline personality, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and co-occurring brain disorders. Twelve class sessions explore and highlight the latest knowledge and experience about:

– Diagnosis & biology of psychiatric illness
– Medications
– Family problem solving, handling conflict, crisis & relapse
– Understanding the experience of mental illness
– Communication skills
– Finding support & services within the community
– The vision & potential for recovery
– Advocacy

The course is free and pre-registration is required. The course takes place over 12 consecutive Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning February 9, 2017 at Berkshire Community College. Contact Marilyn at 413-743-5126 or the_morans@verizon.net with any questions or to pre-register.

Details

Date:
February 9
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm