Tuesday, April 9, 2013

NAMI Educational Series: Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education / Family-to-Family Education - Classes in April and May

Dear NAMI Amador Members, Friends and Information Recipients -- We are very fortunate to have two new volunteers who are helping NAMI Amador communicate our mission and activities so much more effectively.  Please go to our brand new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/namiamador.

Thanks to one talented and creative local volunteer we are now able to communicate to a much larger audience.  Please like us, and ask your Facebook friends to like us too!

This is our new way to give information about mental illness and mental health, to list classes and events such as the Northern California NAMI Walk on April 27 in William Land Park in Sacramento.  (We have two teams that together raised $6000 last year and are trying to reach that goal this year.)  Or if you aren't on Facebook, see www.namiwalks.org/northerncalifornia.

Our other volunteer is a graduate of Sonoma State who is interested in working in mental health and presently working part time with juveniles.  She is writing press releases for us, and learning more about NAMI.  She's definitely making our press releases more interesting!  We've included a new press release on our upcoming NAMI Education classes. 
You are invited to an informative, educational series by trained, certified mentors, who are as passionate about helping others as you are! Whether you are a family member, a caregiver, or an individual living with a mental illness, these two free series of classes unite both individuals and families under the banner of mental health and wellness.

The Peer to Peer Recovery Education Program is free, 10 weeks long, for individuals with diagnoses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder and OCD, co-occurring addictive disorders, and PTSD. The key objectives of this series are to provide information about mental illness, supportive resources, and relapse prevention in a warm, welcoming environment.

The second series, Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, six-week class for family, caregivers and friends of individuals with mental illness. You will gain knowledge about mental illnesses and treatments, emotional and practical support, problem solving and communication strategies. Would you describe yourself as a great listener? This course not only will improve your listening skills, but will give you the tools needed to ensure good communication with your loved one.

For more information and to register please contact us! Teachers for Family to Family are Kelly Trottier, (209) 223-9133 and Janet Caton, 295-5167.

Connection Support Group, an informal, drop-in group for people working on recovery from mental illnesses is every Wednesday, Noon to 1:30PM at Sierra Wind Wellness Center, 10354 Argonaut Lane in Jackson.

Peer to Peer begins Monday, April 15 to Monday, June 17th, 1-3pm at Amador County Behavioral Health Building. Mentors are Lois Johnson, 267-0985 and Michael Eslinger, 419-0006. 

Family-to-Family will be held in Jackson, at the Sutter Amador Hospital Multi-Conference Room, May 4 – June 8, 9AM – 2:30PM.

NAMI Amador provides Affiliate Meetings from 5:30-6:30pm at Sutter Amador Hospital Multi-Conference Room on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The Family Support Group is from 6:45-8:00pm in the same location.

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