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NAMI offers free class for families affected by mental illness

February 11, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

NAMI Black Hawk County is sponsoring a free 12-week class for families who have adult relatives with mental illness. The series of weekly classes, taught by trained family members, begins on Thursday, March 8, and runs through May 24. It will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 608 West 4th Street, in Waterloo.

According to a new study by University of Maryland's School of Medicine, the class improves coping and problem-solving abilities of family members and offers concrete practical benefits while demonstrating the value of community-based self-help programs.

The class provides the most effective treatments to promote recovery. In addition, it offers help with problem solving, communication techniques, and strategies for handling crises and relapse. Finally, it covers how to cope with worry, stress, and emotional overload. Participants must register in advance by contacting the NAMI office at 319-235-5263 or



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