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A loved one will be help more through understanding their mental illness


Posted on Jan. 19, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 19, 2014 at 6:09 p.m.

If you have a loved one or friend with a mental illness, you need to understand their illness so you can better help them and also have less stress yourself. A free education class called Family to Family is for you! This very popular class starts again Feb. 24 and meets each Monday for 11 weeks from 6 to 8:30 p.m., ending on May 5. The meetings are held at First Congregational Church, at the corner of Third and Marion Streets in downtown Elkhart. In Family to Family classes, sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, you will learn about mental illnesses, the brain, communicating, problem solving, medications, empathy, self-care, rehabilitation and fighting stigma. The class is led by people who have loved ones with mental illnesses, so there is a lot of understanding and empathy. All class members go home with a large, free binder of information. Refreshments are served at each class.

Since this class is very popular, it is not too early to phone for more information or sign up. Call 534-5220 and ask for Gwen.

Knowledge is power; do not wait any longer to understand mental illness.

Charlotte Fletcher

NAMI of Elkhart County


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