NAMI Vermont is hosting a Family-to-Family Education Program for family members, partners and significant others of individuals with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The 12-week series of classes will start on Tuesday, Sept. 24, meeting once a week for 12 weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin

The free course covers information about the major mental illnesses; coping skills; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress.

The course is a unique evidence-based curriculum that has been written by an experienced family member mental health professional and will be taught by NAMI Vermont family member volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors.

The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, adult children and significant others of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. The course is not appropriate for individuals who themselves struggle with one of the major mental illnesses.

To register: namivt.org.

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