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NAMI Vermont hosts family-to-family education program in Rutland and Manchester

Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. — RUTLAND — NAMI Vermont will sponsor the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program specifically 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 Sept. 4, meeting once a week for 12-weeks from 6:30-9 p.m.

The course will cover information about the major mental illnesses; 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 is a unique evidence-based curriculum that has been written by an experienced family member and mental health professional. It 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 suffer from one of the major mental illnesses.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Course is free and is made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Mental Health. For more information or to register, 800-639-6480 x102 or

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