The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Education Program begins Sept. 5. Classes meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday through Nov. 14.
The program is a free, 11-week course taught by trained NAMI members who have lived with mental illness and offers education and support for family and friends of individuals with mental illness.
Meetings are confidential and help participants gain insight into how mental illness affects a family.
Participants review current brain research related to the biology of brain disorders; learn how families can become advocates for better treatment; get information on up-to-date information about medications, side effects and strategies for adherence, and the most effective treatments to promote recovery; attend workshops for problem solving, listening and communication techniques; and acquire strategies for handling crisis and relapse.
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A session, Care for the Caregiver, will help participants learn to cope and focus on self care as well as caring for loved ones. All instruction and course materials are free to participants.
For more information and a tribute video, go to Nami.org/familytofamily.
Class size is limited to 20 and requires advance enrollment. To reserve a space, contact Tracy at (859) 536-8278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UK Health Care to lecture on concussions in sports
University of Kentucky Health Care will present a discussion and lecture on concussions in sports at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the W.T. Young Library on the UK campus.
Experts from UK Sports Medicine will tell coaches, parents, athletes and school administrators how to keep players safe on the field and after the game, including how to detect concussions and the dangers of repeated head injuries.
For more information, go to Kysoccer.net/assets/pdfs/Concussion_Info_Flyer.pdf, call Scott Livingston at (859) 218-0478 or email Scott.Livingston@uky.edu.
School for Women taking applications
The New Opportunity School for Women, 204 Chestnut Street, Berea, is accepting applications for its winter 2013 session. Applicants who are selected will attend a three-week residential program with the goal of becoming more self-sufficient, more confident, and an inspiration to their families and community.
For 25 years, more than 600 women across Appalachia have learned they have the strength and courage to finish their education and to build the self-esteem they need to find their potential.
The New Opportunity School's program has received national recognition on Oprah and in People magazine. The 2013 winter session will be Feb. 3-23. Deadline for applications is Dec. 1.
For an application or more information, call (859) 985-7200 or go to NOSW.org.
Flu shots offered at Public Health Clinic
Beginning Sept. 4 the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will offer flu shots from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Public Health Clinic, 805A Newtown Circle. No appointment is necessary. The cost for a flu shot is $25. Medicaid/Medicare, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted.
The seasonal flu shot, which also provides protection against H1N1, is recommended for those ages 6 months and older. Last year, Lexington had 143 confirmed cases of the flu and the health department provided more than 5,000 flu vaccinations throughout the season.
Flu information can be found at LexFluCrew.com and on the flu hotline, (859) 288-7529.
Donations of school supplies sought
DoSomething.org and Staples have teamed up with teen actress and recording artist Bella Thorne for the fifth annual Staples for Students national school-supply drive, to help kids in need. The drive encourages Lexington youth to collect school supplies and drop them off at the nearest Staples store through Sept. 15.
All school supplies and donations will be given locally to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Bluegrass.
The local Staples stores for school-supply drop-off are located at: 524 West New Circle Road; 2081 Harrodsburg Road; and 2321 Sir Barton Way, Suite 140.
To kick-start the campaign, Staples donated $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year. In addition, Staples customers can donate $1 or more at any Staples store, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local Lexington students in need.
Go to Staplesforstudents.org to get more information.