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Help for Families
February 24 @ 12:00 am - March 25 @ 12:00 amFree
SIGNATURE FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM TO BE OFFERED LOCALLY
The Mid-Tidewater affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is once again offering the Family-to-Family Education Program. Established over 20 years ago, Family-to-Family has helped more than 300,000 family members of people living with mental illness. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) has added Family-to-Family to the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. This free 10-session course for family members is taught by other family members who have received intensive training for its presentation.
Class topics include:
Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.
Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence.
Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and evidence-based treatments to promote recovery.
Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
Problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.
Acquiring strategies for handling mental health crises and relapse.
Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand mental health services.
The classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays starting February 24 at 6:00 p.m. for 5 weeks at the Peer Resource Center, 7603 Hospital Drive, Gloucester VA 23061.
There is no charge for this program but registration is required. To register or for more information, call 804-684-1480(leave a message) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org