Free class helps people cope with mental illness |

Free class helps people cope with mental illness

Everyone benefits when people learn to live well with brain disorders. The National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a free class to anyone with mental illness, including depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Panic Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dual Diagnosis and PTSD.

The course, Peer-to-Peer, will cover relapse prevention, medication, addiction, how to strengthen interpersonal relationships, coping skills, stigma, problem solving and more. It has been shown that psycho-education is a significant factor in the number of symptom recurrences.

Peer-to-Peer offers a holistic approach using a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises, and stress-management techniques.

The class is ten weeks long, two hours per week, starting March 26 in downtown Grass Valley. It will focus on establishing and maintaining wellness. Participants have said, "I learned more in these (10) weeks than I have in the last 20 years." "There is a magic that happens when one person recovering from mental illness shares with another." "Participants are motivated to take the next step in their recovery."

Preregistration is required. For more information, or to enroll, call Debra at 530-265-0128.

Debra Desmond

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