Education course for relatives of people with serious mental illnesses coming to Lawrence

The Douglas County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will sponsor an education course in Lawrence in March for families of people with serious mental illnesses.

The first 12-week Family-to-Family course starts March 2 from 3-5 p.m. in conference room A on the lower level of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The class will discuss schizophrenia, mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. It will also cover medications, coping skills (handling crisis and relapse), listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care (worry and stress).

The class is designed for parents, siblings, teenage and adult sons and daughters, partners and significant others who are caregivers of people with severe and persistent mental illness. Instructors Robin Wood and Anne Owen underwent intensive training for the course by NAMI-Kansas family member volunteers.

While the Family-to-Family course is free, registration is required. For more information or to register, email Robin Wood at, contact Audrey Jacobs at the NAMI-Kansas office at 800-539-2660, or visit


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