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Family-to-Family Program Helps Families of People with Mental Illness
9/15/2011, 6:30 9 p.m.
FHN Family Counseling Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) are sponsoring an educational program for family members of adults with mental illness.
NAMI Northwestern Illinois, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is offering in Freeport its Family-to-Family Education Program, a 12-week course taught by trained family members that focuses on educating and supporting those who care for loved ones with bipolar disorder, major depression, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.
The first Family-to-Family session is scheduled for 6:30 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Avenue in Freeport. The free classes are structured to help family members understand and support a mentally ill relative while maintaining their own well-being. There is no cost to participate in the program all class materials for each session will be provided free of charge by NAMI.
“These classes offer information, insight and empowerment to the families of people with mental illnesses,” FHN Family Counseling Center Clinical Leader Jennifer Aurand PsyD said.
The curriculum for the course was written by an experienced family member and mental health professional and is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses and adult children and significant others of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. The course is not appropriate for individuals who themselves suffer from one of the major mental illnesses.
The Family-to-Family Education Program is offered by NAMI in 45 states, the District of Columbia, two provinces in Canada and in Mexico. More than 115,000 family members in the U.S. and Canada have completed the course.
Registration is required to attend the course, and class size is limited. For more information or to register, call Rosemary or Sam Havens at 815-821-1581.