A ‘Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course’ on mental illness is being offered this month for those in need of support. Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be a traumatic and isolating experience for individuals and their families. It can be a life changing and overwhelming experience. People living with mental illness do not have to cope with their illnesses alone — they can join others who are looking to gain further insight into mental health, gain a sense of community, a sense of control over one’s life and an opportunity for growth.
Knowledge can be power when learning about a variety of subjects such as relapse prevention, brain biology and research, mental illness symptoms, stigma and recovery, cultural perceptions of mental health, substance abuse and addictions, suicide and prevention, spirituality, empowerment and advocacy.
Also important are practical skills for decision making, problem solving, how to strengthen interpersonal relationships, strategies for coping with difficult circumstances, and how to identify feelings, thoughts, behaviors and events that can result in a possible relapse. The National Alliance on Mental illness (NAMI) provides all of this in a free class that is being offered to any adult who has a mental illness and is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness. It is possible to live well, whether the challenge is depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, dual diagnosis or PTSD. In a relaxed and confidential setting that offers respect, understanding and encouragement, and with a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises, stress-management techniques, and structured group processes, participants can experience new hope and inspiration, and be motivated to take the next step in their recovery. The class is two hours per week for 10 weeks. It starts at 6:30 p,m, March 26 in downtown Grass Valley. Class size is limited and preregistration is required. The exact location is only given out to those who have preregistered. For more information or to enroll, call Debra Desmond at 530-265-0128.