October 30, 2012

Health Notes: Oct. 30, 2012


NAMI course offered for family of those with mental illness

PLATTSBURGH — Classes to be held by the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Champlain Valley (NAMI: CV) will offer help and suggestions for family members of those who suffer from mental illness.

“Family members who take the NAMI Family-to-Family course are better equipped to work with mental health clinicians in a collaborative manner,” Dr. Peter Weiden, author of “Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications” said in a news release. “Take this course. It will help you learn to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, and that, in turn, will help your loved one as he or she works toward recovery.”

Topics will include current information on major brain disorders, the latest medication information on side effects and strategies for promoting medication adherence, information about the most effective treatments available, what to do in a crisis, how to handle a loved one’s hospitalization and relapse, problem solving and communication skills, advocating for your loved ones, how to work with professionals, and taking care of yourself so you are better able to help your loved one.

Pending adequate class enrollment, the courses will be at 6 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Nov. 14.

To register, call NAMI at 561-2685, ext. 10, or email

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