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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 illnesses.

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.

National Alliance on Mental Illness





It's a 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.





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 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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