This class is designed for relatives and close friends of individuals living with mental illness. Participants learn about brain biology, mental illness facts, medication side effects, problem solving skills, support, and self-care.
Family to Family is a free 12-week program sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The course is designed specifically for relatives and close friends of adults with persistent and severe mental illness. The curriculum balances educational materials and skill training with self-care, emotional support, and empowerment.
The course covers the following topics:
- Learning about feelings, learning about facts, diagnosis, and cause
- Introduction to schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, diagnosis, and cause
- Major depression, mania, panic/anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and cause
- Bi-polar, diagnosis and cause
- Basics about the brain
- Problem solving skills workshop
- Medication review
- What it is like to be mentally ill
- Support groups and self-care
- Rehabilitation and potential for recovery
- Advocacy: Fighting stigma
- Certification and celebration
Class starts Fall 2017. To register for the upcoming classes, please fill out our online form or call us at 708-524-2582.