NAMI Family-to-Family Begins October 7

NAMI’s acclaimed Family-to-Family class will be offered in Asheville 6:00 – 8:30 pm on Tuesdays and 10:00 am – 12:30 pm on Saturdays from October 7 to November 15, 2014.

Dr. Jim and Sharon Pitts, retired educators, again will lead the class that is free to family members and caregivers of adults living with a severe mental illness. These disorders include depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

More than 300,000 people have graduated from this outstanding, national program that is led by trained family members. The classes help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental disorders while maintaining their own well-being. Family-to-Family includes up to date information about medications, communication techniques, handling crises, problem-solving skills, recovery, accessing community support, advocacy, and self-care around worry and stress.

Those who attend F2F gain vital information, insight and understanding of their loved one that many call “life-changing.” One wrote that “the course gave me hope that it will be okay, that I am not alone and reduced a lot of the shame, guilt and hopelessness. I see my wife now as someone who is ill and not as someone having a character flaw.”
Adding its official stamp of approval, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has added F2F to its National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Now offered in 49 states, F2Fplays a key role in NAMI Western Carolina’s mission to improve the lives of all those affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy.

The class size is limited and early pre-registration is required. Please call 258-5359 or email sharonpitts1@gmail.com for registration information.