A free family-to-family education course for relatives and caregivers of those affected by mental health problems will be offered by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Lexington affiliate), beginning Sept. 7.
The course runs for 11 consecutive Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Topics to be covered include signs and symptoms of mental health diagnoses, research on the biology of brain disorders, medications, treatment methods, and strategies for handling crisis and relapse. Skill-building exercises on communication, listening and problem-solving are practiced, along with sessions on empathy and self-care.
After completing this course, many family members report feeling more empowered and more at ease, and that their relationship with their relative has improved. Go to NAMI.org/familytofamily for more information and a testimonial video. The course and materials are free. Pre-enrollment is required by either emailing Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her at 859-536-8278.