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NAMI's Free Courses Offer Support for Families

Courses on coping begin in September in Gwynn Oak for family members of people who have mental illness.

Because one in five families copes with severe mental illness of a family member, the National Alliance on Mental Illness—Metropolitan Baltimore is holding a free series of courses this fall.

Family to Family Education course will be held beginning on either Sept. 5, Sept. 20, or Sept. 25, according to a news release.

Trained, volunteer family members teach the 12-week courses that help families cope with a loved one's mental illness, it states.

Spaces are limited, so if you're interested, call to register at the NAMI office, 410-435-2600.

Following are the course dates and locations.

Wednesdays, Sept. 5 to Nov. 21: 7-9:30 p.m. at Govans Boundary United Methodist Church, 5210 York Rd., in the Winston area of Baltimore.

Thursdays, Sept. 20 to Dec. 13: 7-9:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 3911 Garrison Blvd. in the Dorchester area of Baltimore.

The course covers the following:

  • Clinical treatment of major mental illnesses such as: schizophrenia, mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), anxiety disorders and more.
  • Coping skills: handling crisis and relapse, communications skills, problem-solving skills, and self-care around worry and stress.

NAMI-Metropolitan Baltimore is a support, education and advocacy organization serving individuals living with mental illness and their family members and loved ones, the release states.

It offers free support groups, educational programs, a help line, workshops, resources and opportunities to advocate for research and change.

It's an affiliate of NAMI-MD and NAMI.

William Metzner, Sr. June 11, 2012 at 09:46 PM
After a few years of marriage with children, most of us could use some help! Glad that help is available in the Baltimore area.

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