DAVENPORT, IA: July 28, 2015 -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Greater Mississippi Valley (NAMI GMV) is pleased to offer 2 opportunities to participate in the Family-to-Family Education Program this fall:
NAMI GMV Office
1706 Brady St, Suite 101
- 12 Wednesdays -
September 2–November 18, 2015
Davenport class participants must register through the NAMI GMV Office: 563-322-8870
Muscatine Comm. College
152 Colorado St.
- 12 Thursdays -
September 10 -December 3, 2015
Muscatine class participants must register through the college: 563-288-6100; Reference Course#: 159532
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a FREE 12-session course taught by other family members who have a loved one dealing with the challenges of living with a mental illness. These family members receive intensive training from the class presentation. Instruction and course materials are provided FREE to class participants.
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.
Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community.
Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand mental health services.
"I was empowered by the education I received in the Family To Family program offered by NAMI. I also found peace in knowing our family was not alone in this battle of mental illness." Laurie E., Bettendorf, IA
"For families to advocate for their loved one, they must be knowledgeable; Family to Family offers up to date information that is invaluable when helping their loved one cope with the journey that is mental illness."
Jamie Kreuger - Davenport, IA
"Taking the NAMI Family to Family Class in the fall of 2005 empowered me to help my son struggling with schizophrenia in ways I would never have dreamed possible."
Suzanne Wiese - Davenport, IA
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope.
http://www.namiiowa.com (NAMI Iowa)