Free course aids families, friends of those with mental illness
A 12-week free course for families of individuals with mental illness will start in Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St., on April 13 and be held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego, the course focuses on helping families, partners and friends understand and support individuals with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety/panic disorder, borderline personality disorder and OCD, while maintaining their own well-being.
Learning about feelings and facts, biology of the brain, medication review, empathy workshops— what it’s like to have a brain disorder, communication skills workshop, and self-care and advocacy groups are among topics in the family-to-family education program.
Ramona residents Clytie Koehler and Janine Moniot are course co-teachers. Koehler may be contacted at 271-8138 and Moniot at 789-9417.
For more information or to sign up for the class, call NAMI San Diego at 800-523-5933 or 619-543-1434.
NAMI is a grassroots, family and consumer self-help, support, education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with serious mental illnesses and their families.
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