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NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

Free education program is for those dealing with adults with mental illness

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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a free, eight-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness.

The course is designed to help all family members understand and support a loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining one’s own well-being, according to a flyer about the program.

The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions.

The program is taught by trained teachers who also are family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

The courses will be held via Zoom 6-8 p.m. Mondays beginning Feb. 22.

To register, e-mail Alicia Blasingame at alblasingame@hotmail.com.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The local affiliate is NAMI Southern New Mexico, P.O. Box 2556 Las Cruces, N.M. 88004, 510-770-6264, nami.s.new.mexico@gmail.com, www.nami-snm.org.

Programs offered by NAMI Southern New Mexico

All programs are virtual.

  • NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group, for those living with a mental health condition; 3-4:30 p.m. Fridays.
  • NAMI Family Support Group, for families and friends of those living with a mental health condition; 6:30-8 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays.
  • NAMI Peer-To-Peer Education eight-week course is for those living with a mental health condition who want to learn about treatment options, how the brain works and communication; 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb.3 March 24.
  • NAMI Family-to-Family Education, eight-week course for family and loved ones of a person living with a mental health condition to learn about diagnosis, treatment options and skills to

communicate with your loved one. English: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 22-April 12. Spanish: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 15-May 3.

  • NAMI In Our Own Voice, one-hour seminar explores personal stories of persons with a mental health

Condition. Presenters are Micah Pearson and Alicia Blasingame; 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb.  17.

Contact Blasingame at alblasingame@hotmail.com to register. Visit www.nami-snm.org.