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Free classes offer support to mental illness caregivers
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If a family member or loved one suffers from mental illness, you know how devastating the effects can be.
He or she may live with you or depend on you for care. That’s why NAMI Warren County is offering “With Hope in Mind,” a free series of classes about coping with the difficulties of caring for loved ones with mental illness.
The eight-session course will begin next Monday, Feb. 27, in McMinnville from 6-8:30 p.m. at The Spirit of Life Church, 517 N. Spring Street, and will be held on consecutive Mondays until April 23.
With Hope in Mind teaches helpful skills such as problem management, communication and crisis planning, and provides you with coping skills for dealing with the cycles of various illnesses. These classes are conducted in an atmosphere of confidentiality. With Hope in Mind classes offer participants practical and emotional support.
One in five Tennesseans is affected with a mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, or eating disorder. The With Hope in Mind curriculum addresses these common illnesses.
The course is taught by NAMI volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors and have personal experience caring for someone with mental illness. There is no charge for the course, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Learn more about With Hope in Mind at www.namitn.org.
NAMI Warren County is made up of friends and family of people with long-term mental illness. The group comes together to support each other, learn, educate the community and advocate for change. To learn more or to register for the course, contact Linda Perry at 473-9100 or lsperry@frontiernet.net.