Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NAMI Amador offers Spring Classes for Families and Peers

Mental illness can leave people suffering in silence and hopelessness, but thanks to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), help is available.

NAMI Amador is offering NAMI Signature Programs this Spring called Peer to Peer and Family to Family. The goal of both programs is for participants to gain knowledge and to feel better able  to manage their lives. All courses are free to the public, and led by state-certified instructors and mentors who have completed intensive training.

“We have seen so many people in the Family to Family and Peer to Peer classes have that ‘Finally!’ experience - someone really hears what they say and answers their questions in a helpful way,” said Kelly Trottier, President of NAMI Amador.  “They gain support and meet others with the same concerns and feelings.”

Classes are held at Sutter Amador Hospital from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays starting April 2. The Family to Family class is a six week course that offers family members, close friends and caretakers the knowledge needed to live with more comfort and less stress. The Peer to Peer course for people living with mental illness lasts five weeks and teaches problem-solving skills and strategies, and offers practical and emotional support. 

“Programs like Peer to Peer get people back on track to being productive in the community,” Trottier said. “They are able to go back to working, volunteering, having fewer interactioncs with law enforcement, reducing hospitalizations, and just having more satisfying lives.  And Family to Family reduces stress and makes family members much more effective and understanding.”

For more information or to sign up, call (209) 223-1485, X266 and leave a message of interest.

NAMI Amador can also be found on Facebook.

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