Wednesday, March 13, 2013

FREE Mental Health and Wellness Class Offered by NAMI Amador - Classes begin Mon Apr 15

FREE Mental Health and Wellness Class Offered by NAMI Amador
Class begins Monday, April 15, 2013 – 1:00 PM

Join the Journey to Wellness with NAMI Amador, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) We offer an innovative Peer-to-Peer Recovery and Education Program to Amador County. The program is a 10-week course designed for persons working on mental health recovery. The free course will be taught by Peer-to-Peer mentors Lois Johnson, Michael Eslinger, assisted by Teresa Painter, trained and certified to instruct the peer-to-peer recovery process.

Students will receive a certificate of completion for attendance. Peer-to-Peer is a Signature program of NAMI National that updates and maintains the integrity of the course. Support is from the Mental Health Services Act through Amador County Behavioral Health.

All materials are provided for students and classes will share information regarding depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, each class offers a wealth of skills for stress reduction and relapse prevention, such as relaxation exercises, strategies for supportive (non-judgmental) speaking and listening, opportunities for personal storytelling and mutual support, self-advocacy within an environment of social stigma. Students will also prepare a health care advance directive and learn relapse prevention skills.

Each week builds upon the last, offering a variety of tools with which to better understand and manage an individual life. Attendance expected for each session.

Classes begin Monday, April 15, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. and end June 17, 2013. Location is Amador County Behavior Health, 10877 Conductor Blvd., Ste. 300, Meeting Room “A.” To enroll call Lois Johnson at 209-267-0985 or Michael Eslinger at 418-0006, or email at

NAMI offers a free support group called Connection, offering a flexible and casual environment without an educational format. No registration or enrollment obligation is required. Connection meets in Amador County at the Sierra Wind Wellness & Recovery Center, 10354 Argonaut Lane, Jackson, CA 95642 on Wednesdays from Noon to 1:30 PM. Call Teresa Painter at 209-296-7868.

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