St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea To Offer Course For Family And Friends Of The Mentally Ill

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St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea will host a free 12-week family-to-family educational program for families, friends and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with a mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Family-to-Family consists of a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help people understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own wellbeing.  This course teaches the basics about serious brain disorders and treatments, helps connect people to community resources and teaches important skills and coping techniques for their difficult journey.  A team of trained National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) family member volunteers who understand what it is like to have a loved one struggle with a chronic psychiatric condition will teach the class.

The program takes place from 6 to 8pm, Thursdays, beginning September 14, 2017 at  St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, 775 S. Main St., Conference Room.

To register, please call Kathy Walz, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea behavioral health navigator, at 734-680-5312.  Registration is required.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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