The Fond du Lac chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will sponsor NAMI Basics, an education program designed specifically for parents or primary caregivers of children and adolescents who may be living with a mental illness. The 6-week series of classes is free of charge, however registration is required and space is limited.
Our next session of NAMI Basics will begin in Fond du Lac on Monday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Friendship Corner, 27 E. Third St.
NAMI Basics allows families to connect to one another, while learning about mental illness and empowering themselves to overcome new challenges. It provides information that families want - and need - about caring for their child.
The course will cover information about ADHD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and Schizophrenia. Also it will include basic information about medication use in the treatment of mental illness in children; coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; listening and communication techniques; problem solving skills; and an overview of the mental health and school systems' roles in treating children with mental illness. The course balances psycho-education and skills training with emotional support, self-care and empowerment.
The curriculum was written by an experienced mental health professional who is also a family member. The course will be taught by two volunteers who are parents of individuals who developed mental illness as children. These volunteers have taken an extensive training as course instructors. The co-teachers for this class will be Anne Henry and Laura Rau.
For more details or to register for this class, call Anne Henry at 960-7243 or Laura Rau at 313-0161, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information can be found online at www.nami.org/basics