NAMI to offer free mental illness classes, support groups led by those who have ‘been there’

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ST. GEORGE — The Southwest Utah chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering their next round of free mental illness education classes starting Thursday.

Two different types of classes will be offered this fall: “Family to Family” and “Peer to Peer.”

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The Family to Family course is designed for family members and close friends of those who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. The 12-session program meets once a week for two hours each Thursday evening.

The course covers diagnoses and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, how the brain is affected, medications and coping and communication skills. The class is designed to assist families in helping their loved ones on their recovery journey. The course is conducted by trained individuals and is offered free of charge with all materials provided.

The first session is scheduled for Thursday from 5:45-7:45 p.m. in the lower level of the St. George Library, 88 W. 100 South.

The “Peer to Peer” class meets at the same time and place as the Family to Family class, but in a different room, also in the lower level of the library. It also starts Thursday; however, it only runs for eight weeks instead of 12.

The Peer to Peer program is for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve “been there,” the program includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.

In addition to the classes, an ongoing Family to Family support group also meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 5:45-7:45 p.m. at the library.

To register for the classes, contact NAMI-Southwest Utah by calling Pam Connors at 541-331-0711 or sending an email to waconnors@gmail.com. For more information, visit the organization’s website.

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1 Comment

  • Carpe Diem September 4, 2018 at 10:29 am

    NAMI is a great organization… “FREE” too… IF you have a friend or family member, or a tune up for yourself (in a separate class setting), you really, really ought to go at least once to find out what they’re all about.

    I’ve been through the full series twice because I, like you, know someone. You can jump in any time, you don’t need to wait till a series “starts”…

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