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NAMI Family to Family Workshop

Help For Families Dealing with Mental Illness

If you or a loved one is dealing with a mental illness, it can be frightening and overwhelming. You don't know where to turn. You think the only thing you can do is turn inward and keep your lips sealed. Even just to speak the words feels somehow like a prison sentence.

But there's a place where you can reach out for help. It's called NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

www.nami.org

Nami will be leading a FREE 12-week Family to Family workshop for Nantucket families of those dealing with a mental illness.  This is an incredible opportunity for people both to gain knowledge and insight into their loved one's illness, as well as build coping tools and strategies that will help families overcome some of the challenges involved in dealing with these often complex illnesses. 

Ima7 offered this information:

"Encouraging news is that a Family to Family course is going to be given on Nantucket starting January 22 by NAMI Cape Cod and the Islands. It is a free twelve week course 'for family members of individuals with mental illness. It isdesigned to help caregivers provide understanding and support while maintaining their own wellbeing.'"

The course is offered for free to islanders, and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 starting January 22nd.  Taught by volunteer family members, it will run for twelve weeks, and will cover topics such as signs and symptoms of depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder and other mental illnesses, information on brain biology, dealing with medicaitons, empathy, treatment, and relapse situations, coping strategies and self-care.

The course is made possible in large part thanks to the sponsorship of the Community Foundation of Nantucket.


For more information, email [email protected] or call their office at 508-778-4277.


You can read about some of my own experiences of mental illness in my family at

http://www.nantucketchronicle.com/nantucket-people-pets/2012/flickering-flame


and


http://mommaterial.blogspot.com/2011/05/song-for-suicide.html