NAMI Rappahannock

Free Course Helps Caregivers of People With Mental Illness

by | Dec 13, 2014 | Health & Wellness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Rappahannock affiliate is accepting registration for Family-to-Family (F2F), a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with mental illness.

F2F provides information on mental illness diagnoses as well as medications and side effects. Participants learn strategies for handling crises, and are provided guidance on local supports and services available within the community.  The course is taught by trained family members.

“Family-to-Family is a valuable educational resource for individuals whose loved ones have a mental illness,” said NAMI Rappahannock President David Vaughn. The class provides caregivers with a wealth of knowledge while also providing them with much needed personal support.”

Family-to-Family will meet from 7 – 9:30 p.m. on Mondays from September 8 through November 24, 2014 in Fredericksburg. To register, contact instructors Ron and Linda Ball at 540-972-7023, [email protected] or [email protected]. Registration is limited to 20 individuals.  The classes are free and NAMI membership is not required.

NAMI-Rappahannock meets from 7 – 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Kenmore Club, 632 Kenmore Ave., Fredericksburg. Following an organizational meeting, separate support groups are held for family members and individuals living with mental illness.

NAMI-Rappahannock provides educational programs, advocacy, and support for family members and individuals living with mental illness. Programs include Connections Support Group, Family-to-Family, In Our Own Voice, Peer-to-Peer, monthly meetings and support groups. To learn more, visit the NAMI-Rappahannock webpage.
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