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Family-to-Family Class Coming to Ridgefield

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Ridgefield is offering a course for families.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Ridgefield is offering a course for families. Photo Credit: NAMI Connecticut

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — A program is offered for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness, starting Feb. 11 at the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Ridgefield.

The Family-to-Family Program is a free, 12-session educational program offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Classes will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing.

For more information, or to register for the class, contact Marc at 203-940-2516 or marcrabinowitz1@gmail.com or Debbie at 203-628-5285 or dabwein@aol.com . Pre-registration is required.

A past participant stated, “This course overall was the single most, without a doubt, helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers… It has helped me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother.”

A mother commented, “The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is often times hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.”

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Connecticut is a statewide, grassroots, member organization. Click here for more information .

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