Mental health coping skills class set

By From page B1 | January 09, 2013

Now, more than ever, education is needed to break through the stigma associated with mental illness. The fact is, Mental illness is an illness like any other, and it can be successfully treated. That is why we offer this course to our community, free of charge, throughout the year.

The 12-week series of classes will begin 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Faith Episcopal Church, 2200 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park.

This course covers all major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, mood disorders (bipolar and major depression), panic disorder, co-occuring brain disorders, addictive disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.

You will learn coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse, basic information on medications, the biology of the brain, listening and communication techniques, problem solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation, self-care, advocacy, and fighting stigma.

This unique educational course is taught by family members who have been trained by NAMI National instructors. We understand what it is like to have a loved one struggling with mental illness. All who have taken this course have gained insight, understanding and empowerment, and describe the impact of this program as ‘life-changing’.

To enroll contact Maureen Focht at 530-621-4834, Jan Melnicoe at 530-677-2676 or Cathy Hartrum at 530-644.5404.

Cathy Hartrum

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