NAMI education course offered

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PORTLAND — The Portland, Bath-Brunswick and Maine chapters of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will hold free education programs specifically for families of people diagnosed with mental illness. The 12-week series will be offered in Harrison, Westbrook and Brunswick.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and other major mental health challenges. In addition it will include coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress.

The course will be taught by NAMI family member volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors. The co-teachers are from the local area.

The times and locations of the sessions are:

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• Harrison from 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9. Contact Susan at 207- 583-8054.

• Westbrook from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. Contact Karen at 207-653-6269, or Jack at 207-653-7600.

• Brunswick from 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning Monday, Sept. 14. Contact Valerie at 207-319-7956.

For more information contact Christine at the NAMI Maine office at 1-800-464-

5767, ext. 2305 or email: ccantybrooks@namimaine.org.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

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