NAMI Kansas to offer free 8-week education on family mental health advocacy – The Lawrence Times

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas will soon offer a free educational program to help people best support their loved ones who are living with mental health conditions.

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Family to Family is an evidence-based program, with eight online sessions taught by a team of trained volunteers who also have family members living with neurological disorders, according to the NAMI Kansas website. The goal through the sessions is to help family members, caregivers, significant others and friends “understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well being,” according to the website.

The sessions will provide information about anxiety, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other neurological disorders as well as how to manage stress, problem-solve, communicate and more.

“NAMI Family to Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope,” according to the website.

Family to Family will be held from 6 to 8:30 pm every Monday, starting Jan. 9 and continuing through Feb. 27. Register for the online sessions at this link.

Learn more about Family to Family at the NAMI Kansas website.

Get mental health help in Lawrence

These resources are available 24/7 if you or someone you know needs immediate mental health help:

• Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center: 785-843-9192
• Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ (formerly Headquarters): 785-841-2345
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 988; veterans press 1

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