The Lexington affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is offering a free family-to-family education course for relatives and caregivers of people affected by mental illness. The course begins Jan. 13 and runs for 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Topics 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 will be practiced, along with sessions on empathy and self-care.
Go to NAMI.org/familytofamily for more information and a testimonial video. The course and materials are free. Advance enrollment is required; email Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 536-8278.