NAMI Family-to-Family to start

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its Signature Family-to-Family Education Program for the fall, beginning early September, 2018.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. It will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

The course provides a broad perspective that will help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support loved ones living with mental illness, while taking care of their own needs.

“NAMI offers help and hope to families. People who take the course describe it as life-changing,” said Helen Walkerly, executive director of NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties. “It is taught by trained family caregivers who themselves have loved ones living with mental illness. They know first-hand what families face.”

This course is beneficial for families of individuals with bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or co-occurring brain disorders.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties and dedicated volunteer members and leaders work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people in our community living with mental illness and their loved ones.

For more information or to register for the course, contact Dawn Ross at info@namiwayneholmes.org, or call 330-264-1590.

This story originally appeared in the August 29, 2018 edition of The Budget. For more news, pick up a copy of this week’s edition available Wednesdays at area retailers. Better yet, subscribe and the news will be delivered to you each week. For more information, call us at 330-852-4634.