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The La Crosse County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will sponsor NAMI’s free 12-week Family-to-Family Education Program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 8.

The program, tailored to family members, significant others and friends of adults living with serious mental illness, will take place in the community education room in Gundersen Health System’s Green Bay Building at 914 Green Bay St. in La Crosse.

The course will include information about depression and bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as teach coping skills such as handling crises and relapses.

Trained NAMI family members who know what it’s like to care for someone living with mental illness teach the course, which also will include basic information about medications, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation and self-care around worry and stress.

More than 360 people have graduated from the since it was introduced in La Crosse in 2004; nationwide, more than 300,000 people have graduated.

Many graduates say they wish they had taken the class years before they did, because the resources they found might have changed the courses of their own and their families’ lives.

Although the program is free, class size is limited and registration is required.

For more information or to register, call Sheila at 608-797-3469, Cindy at 608-386-3249 or Barbara at 608-385-7595.

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