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Free basic education on mental illness offered

The Oak Ridger - 6/19/2018

NAMI Oak Ridge and NAMI Knoxville, as part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer the NAMI Basics Education Program for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with mental health conditions.

The six-session course will begin in Oak Ridge starting Tuesday, June 19, according to a news release. There is no charge for the course, but you must pre-register.

The peer-led course covers information about mental health conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, depressive disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, schizophrenia and substance abuse disorders.

It provides participants with basic information about treating mental health conditions, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving and coping skills and an overview of the mental health and school systems' roles in supporting children with mental health conditions. In addition to learning the facts about these conditions, participants benefit from learning from others in similar situations and experience a community of support, the release stated.

The course is taught by two local volunteers who are parents or family care-givers of people who developed a mental health condition as children. These volunteers have been certified as course instructors.

For more information or to register for this class, call Linda (865) 228-9693 or Llhurst7@gmail.com.

 
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