NAMI DuPage Gives Hope to Families
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Every community struggles with mental illnesses. As some of the most stigmatized and misunderstood of medical disorders, common illnesses such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, bipolar, and schizophrenia often go unspoken and unsupported. The needs of the family members and friends of those with mental illness are typically overlooked, both as key elements of treatment and as persons with grief and pain in their own right. That is why NAMI DuPage (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a unique education course specifically designed to meet the needs of those who love and care for persons with mental illness. Called “Family-to-Family”, this evidence-based class covers topics such as mental illness recognition and diagnosis, medication, brain basics, communication and advocacy techniques, and self-care for the caregiver. The class is taught by trained family members of those with mental illness, allowing attendees to connect personally while they learn. Call or visit the website if interested in attending.