NAMI Family-to-Family” starts Feb. 2

MARQUETTE — Family members and friends of individuals with a mental illness may 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, Feb. 11 through April 28 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 16th time this class has been offered in the area and is presented by trained educators.

The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children, significant others and friends of people with a mental illness. The 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.

Responses from previous family members who took the class are: “I feel the course has saved my family”, “I no longer blame myself for my child’s illness.” “This course has given me a broader understanding of the diagnosis and more comfort in speaking about this to others.”

Call to register for the classes by Feb. 11 or sooner to confirm the start date. For further information or to register call Louise (906-235-0231), or Niki (906-458-1547), or Cindy (906-360-7107).


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