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Monday, August 15 2016

Help for Those with Adult Loved Ones with Mental Illness

Adapted from a National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts (NAMI-WM) press release:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts (NAMI-WM) will offer its free, 12 week, "Family to Family" Education Course for families, partners, or friends of individuals living with mental illness, beginning Thursday, September 8th, from 6PM to 8:30PM, right here in Greenfield.  The program is designed to help caregivers understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own wellbeing.

"Family to Family" is taught by trained facilitators who are family members of individuals living with mental illness.  These facilitators provide critical information and strategies related to caregiving through presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises.  They will help attendees understand the latest treatment options, discover problem solving techniques, and learn how to better advocate for their family member.  More than 115,000 people have graduated from this national program. Participants are provided with free materials including up-to-date information on mental health conditions and their impacts on the brain.

“Mental illness does not involve just one person,” said NAMI-WM President Bernice Drumheller. “Entire families are affected, and caregivers need the skills and information to obtain the best care for their loved ones while also taking care of themselves.” Drumheller, a 13-year veteran Family to Family teacher, said, “NAMI offers help and hope to families. People who take the course describe it as life-changing.”

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  To sign up, or for more information, please call the NAMI-WM office (413) 786-9139 or email information@namiwm.org.  More information is also available on NAMI-WM's website.

About NAMI
NAMI-WM, headquartered in Agawam, is an affiliate of the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental illness. With free support groups, educational programming, and advocacy, NAMI-WM advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all those in need.

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