ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS
Statistics show that one in four individuals
is diagnosed with a mental illness. Mental illness is more common than
multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer's
disease, leukemia and many more widely known and supported
One-fourth of the homeless population is people with a mental illness with nowhere to go.
Mental illnesses strike individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood. All ages are susceptible, but the young and the old are especially vulnerable.
Mental illness can strike anyone at any time. These are equal opportunity diseases, occurring in all cultures, races, socioeconomic classes and ages.
Between 40 to 60 percent of all people diagnosed with a mental illness are living at home with their families without adequate services.
The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective. Between 70 and 90 percent of individual have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and supports.
Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness
WE WANT TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS
no-fault brain disease. It should be viewed and treated in the same manner diseases like
cancer and diabetes are treated." Unfortunately, it is not. That's
why we want to encourage families impacted by mental illness to know about
our organization and an upcoming series of classes.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, ( NAMI), offers support and resources for people in the community affected by mental illness.
NAMI Metropolis/Southernmost Illinois will begin offering a 12-week program for family members and/or caregivers of close relatives with bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, obsessive /compulsive disorder, co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders, and borderline personality disorder.
The Family to Family Education Program is structured to help family members understand and provide support to their ill relative while maintaining their own well-being. It is taught by trained family members who volunteer and who understand what it is like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness.
There is NO COST to participate in the 12-week program, but early registration is encouraged because classes are strictly limited and fill up quickly.
This program gives the family some of their power back. It
helps teach people it's a no-fault disease. Parents haven't done anything to
their child. It teaches them what's in their control, when
to back off and when to be more involved."
More than 50,000 family members in the United States and Canada have completed this course and it makes a big difference in their lives and that of their loved ones.
You walk away feeling there is hope, "You have a better understanding of what mental illness is. This teaches you how to manage the system and advocate for your loved one effectively.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THIS CLASS????
FTF gives the family some of their power back. It helps teach people it's a no-fault disease. It's genetic.
It teaches them what's in their control, when to back off and when to be more involved."
NAMI Metropolis Offers Family to Family Education Class
A free course will be offered in Metropolis, Illinois for families of persons who have schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder) , major depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or PTSD.
The course will cover information about these mental illnesses, basic information about medications and the recovery process.
Families will learn communication skills, problem solving and ways to set limits.
Classes meet weekly for 12 weeks in Metropolis.
Mental illness is a major challenge for the family. Psychiatrists and mental health professionals tend to focus on the needs of the ill person. The Family-to-Family Education Program is sensitive to the needs of the whole family. Trained family members who've had similar experiences with a family member's mental illness, teach the course.
Some comments from families who have taken the course: "If you are involved with a mentally ill person on a day-to-day basis, it is important to know all you can. Not only is it hard for the person with the illness, it's hard on everyone involved. I highly recommend the course for anybody who has a mentally ill loved one." "I have learned a great deal about brain disorders and about myself." I realized that our child is not just being bad but that she really is sick. It helps to know that we aren't alone in dealing with this." "I now understand why professionals have a hard time with diagnosis and medication adjustments.
For information and to register for this free course, call 1- 618-524-5628. Or you may request more information by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. These classes fill up very quickly.
These classes are not appropiate for persons diagnosed with a mental illness. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE!
For Registration and Information Call Judy at 618-524-5628.
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