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Mental illness focus of classes
by LOUISE R. SHAW
Sep 03, 2014 | 463 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

KAYSVILLE – Families of people with biological brain disorders who live with mental illnesses are invited to a free 12-week course that will offer help with communication skills and advocacy.

“Family-to-Family” begins Tuesday, Sept. 9 and meets each Tuesday for 12 weeks.

It will be held at Davis Applied Technology College, 550 S. 300 East in Kaysville, room 1115.

In addition, a class for people to share the experience and knowledge of mental illness, the “BRIDGES Program,” will offer a free 12-week recovery course, also beginning Sept. 9.

“BRIDGES is a peer-to-peer class taught by trained individuals who have personal experience with mental illness,” according to a press release provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Davis County.

“Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income,” it said. “Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable.”

Classes run from 7 to 9 p.m. and class size is limited so registration is required.

The family course has been designed to help adult family members unite with others in similar situations.

Their meetings will provide a chance to offer support and pass along valuable information on signs and symptoms of mental illness, medications, emotional stages, effective coping skills, problem solving, empathy, recovery and much more, according to the release.

More information and registration is available at namiut.org or by contacting Jerry King, 801-451-5325 or jerryking5325@msn.com.

The mission of NAMI is to improve quality of life for those affected by mental illness.

That is done through support, education and advocacy, the release said.

“NAMI wants families to know that they are not alone,” it read. “NAMI is a community of hope; when you most need a helping hand throughout the struggles and challenges of a mental illness. NAMI is there with acceptance, understanding, information and support.”

 

 

 

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