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Peer-to-peer classes offered for recovering mentally ill

Dave Moller
Senior staff writer

Melissa Blackwell has learned to live with her depression, thanks to classes last fall which taught her how to deal with it.

Now others who want to do the same can get on the road to recovery in a new round of classes starting next Thursday.

Nevada County’s chapter of The National Alliance on Mental Illness will be holding a nine-week, two-hours per week session, “for anyone with a mental illness or psychiatric challenge, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.,” said Scottie Hart, local NAMI board member.

Those interested in the classes should call Hart at 272-5022 for an advance application and questionnaire, “so that we’ll know them and they get to know us,” prior to the class. Hart, who will teach the class with two other recovering people, said applicants will be asked if they are seeing a psychiatrist and if they are comfortable in groups, among other questions.

The location of the course will only be revealed to those who get in so that the integrity of the program is maintained, Hart said.

The NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course will deal with stigma, various disorders, emotions, addictions, relationships and other topics. Students will develop a relapse prevention plan during the course.

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