Series to help families care for mentally ill loved ones

LIHUE — Family members of individuals diagnosed with a mental illness may benefit from a 12-session education course being offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Kauai.

The series of free classes began Monday. Classes will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at a location in Lihue. The course will cover a range of topics, including schizophrenia, mood disorders (bi-polar disorder and major depression) and coping skills.

Medications, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, and self-care around worry and stress will also be covered.

The course is designed for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children, and significant others of people with sever and persistent mental illness.

Advance registration is required. Contact Kathy Sheffield, NAMI Kauai founder, NAMI.Kauai@yahoo.com.

Info: 635.3239

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