ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ - NAMI-NJ - Morris County Affiliate, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its Family-to-Family Education Program for the fall, beginning Thursday, Sept. 17.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. It will be held on 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Rockaway Township Municipal Building, 65 Mount Hope Rd., Rockaway.

The course provides a broad perspective that will help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support loved ones living with mental illness, while taking care of their own needs.

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“Mental illness does not involve just one person,” Pamela Garanger, program co-leader, said. “Entire families are affected.

“NAMI offers help and hope to families. People who take the course describe it as life-changing. It is taught by trained family caregivers who themselves have loved ones living with mental illness. They know first-hand what families face.”

For more information or to register for the course please contact;  Pamela at 973-945-7386 or Steve at 973-727-1173.

The program will cover topics such as; Family Response to Mental Illness, Biology of the brain and scientific advancements, Mental Illnesses: Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders. Medication Overview, Communication Skills, Self-care, Advocacy, Fighting Stigma and understanding the inner experience of having mental illness.

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-NJ – Morris County Affiliate and dedicated volunteer members and leaders work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people in our community living with mental illness and their loved ones.