NAMI offers education course

A free family-to-family education program for relatives of people living with chronic mental illness will be offered by the Kern County Chapter (Area of Ridgecrest) of the National Alliance of Mental Illness.

The class begins Sept. 3, and runs through Nov. 19. Courses are offered every Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church.

“This free 12-week course includes diagnosis and symptoms of the major mental illnesses; how the brain is affected; coping skills; medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; handling crisis and relapse, recovery and rehabilitation; what to do in a crisis; self-care during times of worry and stress, and more,” said a spokesperson of the local NAMI chapter.

“The Family-to-Family program is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggling with a brain disorder.”

Pre-registration is required. To register or obtain information call Butch at 760-793-1988 or Brooke at 760-382-9463.

NAMI also offers a free weekly Family Support Group every Monday from 5-6:30 p.m. in the David Mechtenberg Conference Room of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

For information regarding the NAMI programs in Ridgecrest, contact Janet at 760-384-8672.

Story First Published: 2019-08-23