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Helping family of those with mental illness

Public health — Class provided for family members of individuals with challenges


A 12-week class for family members of individuals with mental illness will soon be presented by the Yamhill County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health organization in the nation.

The NAMI Family-to-Family education program is taught in 49 states, Canada, Mexico and Italy. It has touched the lives of more than 200,000 participants, according to organizers, and the curriculum has been translated into Spanish.

The class will be held on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 at the Dundee Community Center.

The Family-to-Family class provides communication and problem solving techniques, coping mechanisms and self-care skills needed to deal with a loved one’s mental illness, as well as the impact on the family. It is for families and friends of adults living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

NAMI has more than 1,100 affiliates in communities across the country. For more information on the class or NAMI in Yamhill County, call Teresa Brisbin at 1-503-476-2934.




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