NAMI sets family training

The Kern County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer family-to-family education for those living with an individual suffering from chronic mental illness. The free course will be offered via zoom for eight weeks, with sessions from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays starting Aug. 18.

The course is suitable for spouses, partners, siblings, parents, significant others, teenage and adult children and friends who are family caregivers of people who have been diagnosed with or are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

The weekly courses will cover major mental illnesses, the biology of the brain, symptoms, coping skills, medications, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, handling crisis and relapse, recovery and rehabilitation, what to do in a crisis, and self-care during times of worry and stress.

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.

Computer and internet access is necessary. Pre-registration is required. For registration or more information call Brooke at 760-608-4285 or Lynne at 760-793-0990.

Story First Published: 2020-07-24