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Education available for families with mentally-ill relatives

Sauk Valley Newspapers - 8/12/2017

DIXON ? NAMI Sauk Area will have a Family-to-Family Education program at Town Square Centre, 102 S. Hennepin Ave.

The 12-week course will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday Sept. 5 to Nov. 21. It is designed for families of adults diagnosed with a serious mental disorder. The class is not for those diagnosed with the illness or family members of children living with a mental illness.

Information covered will include schizophrenia, mood disorders, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, coping skills for handling a crisis or relapse, basic information about medications, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation, and dealing with worry and stress as caregivers.

Tracy Brooks and Tara Wagenknecht, NAMI Sauk Valley volunteers, will teach the course.

Registration is required. Class size is limited to 20 participants, who must commit to attend all sessions. For more information and to register, call Brooks at 815-761-7654 or Wagenknecht at 815-303-9386.

NAMI Sauk Area serves residents in Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties.


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