NAMI Glendale will sponsor the NAMI Family to Family Education Program specifically for families of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. The 12 week series of classes started in Glendale on Monday, May 14th from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the Glendale Church of Christ. There is still time to register to attend.
The course covers information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bi-polar disorder and major depression), panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder; coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; self-care around worry and stress. The curriculum has been written by an experiences family member mental health professional and the course will be taught by NAMI Glendale family member volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors.
"This course gave confidence to know that I could help my family member in a positive way", says one of our graduates Cathy Tempkin, "the class was so inspiring that I continued to educate myself and eventually became a trained instructor. I am proud to be able to give back to my community,"
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 NAMI Family to Family education course is free. For more information or to register contact Jonée B. Shady at (323) 882-6998.