NAMI Family-to-Family starts Sept. 17

MARQUETTE — Family members and friends of individuals with a mental illness may greatly benefit from a 12-week “Family to Family” education course to be offered by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness Alger/Marquette).

The 12-week series of classes is free and confidential. Classes will be held Tuesdays, Sept. 17 through Dec. 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 129 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette.

The course will cover a broad range of topics, including information about Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression), Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and PTSD.

This will be the fifteenth time this class has been offered in the area and is presented by trained educators. To date more than 250,000 family members in 48 states across the country have completed the course.

The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children, significant others and friends of people with a mental illness. This course also helps people understand that this is an illness and not something they can just “deal with it, shape up” as most times they just have no control over their actions.

Call to register for the classes by Sept. 16; however, new class members will be accepted until Oct. 1. For further information or to register, contact Louise Wilcox (906-235-0231), or Cindy Bertucci (906-360-7107).