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NEW Family-to-Family Class Offered

Living with a person with mental illness—or even being a friend to one—has more than its share of ups and downs. Family-to-Family, a free 12-session class offered by the Linn County Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), offers help to family, partners, friends, and significant others of adults with mental health issues. NAMI Linn County will offer the class in two locations starting right after Labor Day. Weekly classes begin 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave. NE, or 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at First Lutheran Church, 1000 Third Ave. SE.

Class sessions last until about 8:30 p.m. and cover a lot of material, as we learn about the biological underpinnings of mental illness, the workings of the brain, medications to treat mental illness, effective means of communication, and more. Course materials explain illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and other mental health conditions. One exercise even simulates what a person with schizophrenia may be experiencing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

Register with NAMI Linn County by August 28:

Send name, email address, and phone number by email to, to Box 945; Cedar Rapids, IA 52406, or call 319-221-1184.

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