NAMI Edmond is inviting local residents to a free course designed to help individuals who are helping others with mental health issues.
The 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness begins March 6 and will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on succeeding Thursdays at the Oklahoma Blood Institute, located at the corner of Broadway and 33rd Street.
Eileen Morefield, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses’ Edmond chapter, said the course will help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support loved ones living with mental illness while meeting their own needs.
Morefield said the course is taught by trained family caregivers who have loved ones living with mental illness, individuals who know first-hand the issues families face.
“Mental illness does not involve just one person,” Morefield said. “Entire families are affected. NAMI offers help and hope to families. People who take the course describe it as life-changing.”
Course topics will include major mental illnesses and current research on biological aspects, treatment strategies and prospects for recovery, empathy based on the experience of a person living with mental illness and specific skills for communication, problem-solving and handling crises and relapse.
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