The National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer two family-to-family education programs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 12 at Geneva General Hospital, 196 North St.
The program is a free, 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults who have a serious mental illness, including major depression, major anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia.
The course will provide a broad perspective that will help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support their loved ones. The course will provide information about mental illnesses and current research on their biological aspects; information about treatment strategies and prospects for recovery; specific skills for communication, problem solving and handling crises and relapse; coping skills for family caregivers to alleviate worry, stress and emotional overload and guidance on finding appropriate mental health care and support in the community and how to advocate for them.
Registration is required by Sept. 6. For more information, call 315-878-6540.