NAMI CCNS
2017 namiccns dual solutions

Introducing a new program… Dual Solutions

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2017 namiccns dual solutions

NAMI CCNS and Maine Township Recovery Connection
in collaboration with Chicago Behavioral Hospital Present…

Introducing a new program… Dual Solutions

Our group focuses on 18-32 year olds experiencing co-occurring mental health and addiction issues. We provide a free, peer-led support group helping each other stay in recovery from mental health issues and substance abuse.

Program starts Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Meets every Thursday from 6-7:30pm
Chicago Behavioral Hospital
555 Wilson Lane, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Meeting entrance in back of hospital, follow parking lot to rear entrance.

Contact Kara Moonan with questions 1 (847) 224-9740

 

2017 NAMI CCNS July 17 Horses Equine-assisted therapy

July 17 – Experience the HEALING POWER of HORSES

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“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.”
BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman as he teaches people to communicate with their horses.

Monday, July 17, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Equestrian Connection, 600 N. Bradley Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Meet the horses. Enjoy refreshments. Watch the film.

Equestrian Connection of Lake County and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban invite you to an evening of Equine-Assisted Therapy. Buck presents the story of one person who has found healing through horses. Dr. Colette Collins, a licensed clinical psychologist and riding instructor, shares techniques that help heal.

For more information, call 847-716-2252 or go to www.namiccns.org

2017 NAMI CCNS July 17 Horses Equine-assisted therapy

2017 NAMI CCNS Basics - Summer and Fall

2017 Summer and Fall – Basics for Parents (of Children & Adolescents) Class

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Do You Have a Child
with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties?

NAMI Basics for Parents Class provides Education and Support for You, Your Family, and Your Child

FREE, six week course offered for parents or family caregivers of school-age children and adolescents with mental health issues.

Classes include:

Understanding the illnesses that are causing the behavioral difficulties
The biology of mental illness; getting an accurate diagnosis—, anxiety disorders, depression, ADD, ODD, OCD, childhood bipolar disorder, and others
Tools for the toolbox – communication skills, problem solving, crisis preparation, handling challenging behaviors, and the impact on family members
Record keeping and dealing with the systems your child is involved in school, mental health, and juvenile justice
Taught by trained teachers who are also the parents of children with emotional or behavioral difficulties

Summer 2017

Tuesday evenings, 6:15—8:45 pm, July 18 – Aug 29,
(no class Aug 8) at the Northbrook Library,
1201 Cedar Ln, 60062

Call 847-716-2252 for info and to register.
Commitment to attend the entire six week course is required.

~ ~ OR ~ ~

Fall 2017

Wednesday evenings, 6:30—9:00 pm, Oct 4 – Nov 8,

at New Trier Northfield High School, 7 N. Happ Rd.

Call 847-716-2252 for info and to register.
Commitment to attend the entire six-week course is required.

 

Participant Perspectives – “This is such a great step-by-step program that walks parents every step of the way. It is as if you are holding their hand through it all.”
“NAMI Basics bridges the gap. It provides help that can’t be found in a doctor’s office.”

Sponsored by NAMI Cook County North Suburban
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2017 NAMI CCNS Basics - Summer and Fall

Cubs Nancy baseball jersey cap tribune photo

Sunday, July 23, 2017 NAMI CCNS Fundraiser – Let’s Go Cubs Event!!

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Cubs baseball event
Cubs baseball event

Let’s Go Cubs Event!

Sunday, July 23, 2017  –  NAMI CCNS FUNDRAISER

Join us for the Cubs vs the Cardinals nationally televised game.

We will start the game activities at 5 pm in the Cubby Bear,

PRIVATE ROOM, 2nd floor overlooking the Cubs Marquee.

All the ball park food and beer for you and your guests to enjoy!

50/50 raffle for patrons in the Cubby Bear – winners need to be present.

Then take your seats in the NAMI CCNS section at 7pm.

Don’t forget to visit our executive director, Nancy Carstedt, Cubs usher!

This is a first come first serve event!

For your ticket purchase of $175 for this fundraiser, call the office at 847-716-2252 or email Sue at susanockerlund.namiccns@gmail.com

NAMI CCNS Cubs baseball

 

 

2017 NAMI CCNS Family to Family Fall

2017 Fall Family to Family (of Adults) Class

Here is the Fall 2017 Schedule for Family to Family

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 Fall – 2017     

Tuesday evenings, September 12 – November 28, 6:30 – 9:00 pm,

                At New Trier Northfield High School, 7 N. Happ Rd

               Free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED  please call 847-716-2252

Commitment to attend the 12 classes is required

Sponsored by NAMI Cook County North Suburban   847-716-2252 Visit us at www.namiccns.org

2017 NAMI CCNS Family to Family Fall

Please call Fay Anderson for more information:  847-716-2252 or fanderson@namiccns.org or use our CLASS INQUIRY FORM

 

Do You Have a Loved One Living with Mental Illness?

NAMI Cook County North Suburban Offers Free

Family to Family Education Programs

Education and Support for Families who have adult relatives with mental illness.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

is a 12-week course for families and close friends of adults with mental illness.

This course 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, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other disorders.

Many family members describe this experience as life-changing.  Join the thousands of families, just like yours, who have gained information, understanding, and support.

  Family to Family participants:

  • Learn about family responses to the trauma of mental illness
  • Receive current information on serious mental illnesses
  • Learn about symptoms, medications and side effects
  • Practice problem-solving skills and communication techniques
  • Develop strategies for handling crises and relapses
  • Learn about local community resources and supports
  • Focus on self-care and coping with stress

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Family to Family Classes

Class 1 – Introduction To Family to Family Education
The first class is used to introduce the Co-Trainers and welcome the class attendees. An overview of the 12 week course is also provided. The first day focuses on the course curriculum, our emotional reactions to mental illness, getting to know each other, our personal belief systems, our personal goals and general understanding of illness symptoms as outlined.

Class 2 – The 3 Major Mental Illnesses/Critical Periods
In the second class, the format will change slightly to begin with a lecture on the symptoms and diagnosis of schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar and schizoaffective disorder. The talk will particularly focus the manic phase of bipolar disorder, psychosis, the process of diagnosis, stigma, myths versus the real risks of mental disorders, and dealing with critical periods in mental illness. The format follows seven immediate questions surrounding these critical periods.

Class 3 – Types and Subtypes of Mood Disorders
In the third class, the group will review mood disorders and anxiety disorders. The symptoms and diagnosis of the various forms of depression are discussed, as well as those of anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The class also learns about the evolution of recognition for these diseases, including the challenges to diagnosis, the relapsing nature of the disorders, and how treatment relates to diagnosis. The class will also learn about overlaps between diagnosis and borderline personality disorder, as well as the significant issue of dual diagnosis and the complications of addiction. The group will also discuss their personal experiences.

Class 4 – Basics About the Brain
The fourth class mixes lectures and discussion about the basics of brain research and how the brain functions with mental illness. The surge in new information from research on the complex biology of the brain has presented discovery after discovery on the physical basis of mental disorders and theories on the edge of new research. The class will also learn and discuss the genetic side of brain disorders, the time of greatest conflict in the stages of consumer recovery and stages of family emotional response, and an overview of the recuperation process.

Class 5 – Problem Solving Workshop
The fifth class focuses takes the problem statement, completed in Class 4, through the Problem Solving Skills Workshop. This Workshop will present structure for the problem pile-up that often occurs in families living with mental illness. Participants will simplify and define the single most important problem, evaluate and use different solution strategies, and set appropriate limits.

Class 6 – Medication Review: Basic Psychopharmacology of Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Schizophrenia & Key Treatment Issues
The sixth class will return to a feast of information, this time about medications. After establishing the ground rules, the group will learn about and discuss the medication process from molecular level to side effects and helping our loved ones stay on target with regimen adherence. The participants will also learn how to recognize early warning signs of relapse and gain a sense of what our family member is experiencing as they begin treatment.

Class 7 – Inside Mental Illness: Empathy Workshop
In the seventh class, the group will learn more about the perspective, trauma and demoralization experienced by the person living with mental illness. The group will explore two case histories, stories of people with brain disorders and how they adjust and react to this vast alteration of their life circumstances and expectations. Participants will explore how illness relates to self-regard and learn guidelines to help families help their relatives maintain self-esteem and confidence.

Class 8 – Communication Skills Workshop
In the eighth class will focus on improved communication skills with a family member whose illness can inhibit the processing of information as well as family members who are uncertain of how to proceed with emotional expression. The group will learn more about how their family member may be organizing complex ideas and how to exchange emotional information in a more constructive way, as well as practice these methods in a group exercise. This will help family members connect to the person “behind the symptoms”.

Class 9 – Relative Groups/Self-Care
The ninth class serves to introduce ways to care for the self while taking on the responsibility for care of a relative with a mental disorder, particularly when there is so little social and public support for this kind of family crisis. Participants will discuss both the practical and emotional burdens of coping with these types of diseases, overcoming guilt and shame about our feelings regarding our new role in the family. Frankness and honesty are encouraged as the participants meet in small subgroups to share their feelings. The entire group will then discuss ways to achieve a balance between caring for our ill relative while living our own lives as fully as possible.

Class 10 – Recovery & Rehabilitation
The tenth class introduces the new realities of recovery and rehabilitation in mental illness, a change in future possibilities in the lives of our ill loved ones that did not seem possible until ten years ago. The class will also discuss the current system of support, both socially and in terms of community resources, and how to find assistance and advocate for the creation of the best rehabilitation programs. There will also be a one hour special presentation by a visiting speaker.

Class 11 – Advocacy
The eleventh class brings facts about stigma, public misinformation, and social services failures surrounding mental illness. The group will learn more about NAMI’s Campaign for the Mind of America and other campaigns to fight discrimination and demand better services for people with brain disorders. A class discussion will focus on the real need for advocacy and what each individual can do to improve public treatment of mental illness in each community.

Class 12 – Certification & Celebration
The twelfth and final class presents certification of completion of the Family to Family Course. The participants will evaluate their experience and also learn more about local support groups. Last but not least, a celebration of new knowledge and support, as well as a last moment of sharing before the close of the course.

2017 NAMI CCNS WRAP

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) class Sept 20 – Nov 8

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WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Plan is Coming to Park Ridge

 WRAP is an 8 week class to develop plans for daily living.  It was created by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, while she was working on mental health recovery.  WRAP-Wellness Recovery Action Plan focuses on learning to maintain wellness and recovery.

Create your own individual Wellness Toolbox filled with simple, safe ideas to help you stay well even when the going is difficult. Create an action plan for: Daily Maintenance, Triggers, Early Warning Signs and a Crisis Plan.

You will learn tools, skills, techniques and strategies to put a WRAP plan together that works for you.

Adults 18 and over are encouraged to participate. People with any and all types of mental health challenges are welcome.

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 pm,

Sept 20 – Nov 8, 2017

 Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge

The class is free, but registration is required. To register, call Fay or Moira at NAMI Cook County North Suburban, 847-716-2252 or for more info.

This class is sponsored by NAMI Barrington Area, NAMI Cook County North Suburban, & NAMI Northwest Suburban. The sponsors are local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness – The Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness.

2017 NAMI CCNS WRAP

2017 NAMI CCNS WALKS RUNS

Sponsor NAMICCNS 5k Walks & Runs! Sunday September 24, 2017

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Sponsor and donate HERE!

Register to walk/run HERE!

 

Sponsorship Letter:

It may surprise you to learn that an average of one of every five of the employees at your company/organization will experience a mental health disorder each year.  In fact, the World Health Organization reports that mental illness is the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide.  Most people will struggle with mental illness at some point in their lifetime, either personally or through a close family member or friend. Unfortunately, despite the amount of people struggling with mental health related issues, the concept of mental illness is constantly stigmatized, avoided, and disregarded. As a result, those struggling with mental illness do not always receive the resources, support, and advocacy they need and deserve. NAMI CCNS is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental illness and those who love and care for them to provide just that.

On Sunday, September 24, 2017,(Evanston/Northwestern lakefront 5k walk/run) you have the opportunity to help by participating in our national walk/run. The goal is to raise both money and awareness. The proceeds from the 2017 WALK/RUN including money raised through corporate sponsorship will be used by NAMI CCNS in the following ways:

  • To provide support to people with mental illness and to their families
  • To educate families and those who have a mental illness
  • To advocate for nondiscriminatory and equitable policies at the federal, state, and local level and in the private sector
  • To advocate for improved opportunities for housing, rehabilitation, and meaningful jobs
  • To support research into the causes, systems and treatments of brain disorders
  • To support public education programs designed to help eliminate the pervasive stigma surrounding severe mental illness

We urge your organization to sponsor our Walk/RUN not just because of the visibility we can offer, but also because of the support and education NAMI CCNS provides for our community at large at no cost.  With WALK/RUN funding, we hold support groups for those with severe mental illness and their families, teach classes to educate family members, police, and social workers about mental illness, and empower those with severe mental illness to educate the community.

Won’t you please help us meet the many needs of those with mental illness and their families by becoming a Walk sponsor?  NAMI CCNS is requesting a sponsorship for our walk/run 2017.  If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at or at 847-716-2252 or susanockerlund.namiccns@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

Susan Ockerlund
Development Director NAMI CCNS

 

2017 NAMI CCNS Family to Family REFRESHER Fall

2017 Family to Family Refresher Workshop – Fall

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We invite all Family to Family© Graduates to our
Family Refresher Workshop – only four weeks long!

  • When you started your F2F class, you may have been in crisis and found that processing all the class material was difficult. This class may offer an improved learning experience for you.
  • Get a refresher on the useful information from your Family to Family classes.
  • Improve your communication and problem solving skills.
  • The class will REVIEW empathy, problem solving, communication, dealing with crises, coping with anger and guilt. Plus, it will offer the support of being with other F2F graduates, just like you.
  • Hear steps that worked for families and some success stories

Fall 2017

Four Tuesday evenings, Oct 10, 17, 24, and Nov 7th, (off Oct 31) –   7:00-9:30 pm, at Holy Family of Nazareth, 310 N. River Rd, Des Plaines.

Free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Please call 847-716-2252
Commitment to attend all 4 classes is required 

Call Fay or Moira at the NAMI CCNS office at 847-716-2252 for more information or to register.

2017 NAMI CCNS Family to Family REFRESHER Fall

NAMI CCNS AMAZON Smiles fundraiser

Donate to NAMI CCNS with your regular purchases via Amazon Smile!

Direct donations to NAMI CCNS are *always* appreciated, but if you already donate and want to do more…

Do you shop at amazon.com? You can now donate to NAMI Cook County North Suburban every time you make a purchase with amazon. Click through for the link, choose NAMI CCNS, and thank you!

AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shipping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop at smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price eligible items to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

You can donate while you shop for others at smile.amazon.com.

Support us when you shop on amazon. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3714540 and Amazon donates to NAMI Cook County North Suburban.

SHOP & DONATE TODAY

 

 

2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE

2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE! – April, May, June

Newsline is changing!

NAMI CCNS Newsline is being redesigned to be more user-friendly on our web page and smartphones. A print version will be downloadable. If you have been receiving Newsline in your regular mail, you will continue to receive it.

We plan to issue the next Newsline in July 2017. In the meantime . . .

2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE

April, May, June 2017

Mark your calendars!

2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE

Monday, April 17

Adolescent Mental Health: Current Trends
Public Education Program
7 pm at the Northbrook Public Library 1201 Cedar Ln, Northbrook, IL 60062

Twenty percent of youth aged 13-18 live with a mental health condition. Complicating matters further is the issue of co-occuring drug abuse. Drug abuse may bring about symptoms of an unrecognized mental illness, while mental disorders can lead to drug abuse, possibly as a means of “self-medication.”Deborah Taber, Administrative Director of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences for the Northshore University Medical System, will review how school demands, drug use, social media and gender identity issues can create a mental health crisis.


2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE

Saturday, April 22

Heroes of Mental Health: NAMI CCNS Spring 2017 Benefit
Glen View Club, 100 Golf Road, Golf, Illinois 60029

Please join us on Saturday evening, April 22nd, to celebrate the NAMI CCNS 2017 Heroes of Mental Health. Our Honored Guest Speaker is Suzy Favor Hamilton, three-time Olympian and mental health advocate. Suzy will share her story about her experiences with bipolar disorder as well as her struggles with life during and after running, drawing from her best-selling autobiography, Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running from Madness.

Also being honored are Virgina and Tom Neuckranz, founders of Erika’s Lighthouse; Lundbeck Pharmaceutical Services, LLC; and the Winnetka Congregational Church Women’s Society Benevolence Committee.

The Neuckranzes turned the tragic loss of their daughter Erika, who died by suicide on April 8, 2004 when she was in 8th grade, into a mission to educate school communities about teen depression, eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and empower teens to take charge of their mental health.

Lundbeck Pharmaceutical Services and the Winnetka Congregational Church Women’s Society Benevolence Committee are long-time supporters of NAMI CCNS whose generous gifts have made it possible for us to offer all our programs free of charge to participants.

6:30 pm Cash Bar and Silent Auction
7:30 pm Dinner, Dancing, Program, Silent/Live Auction/Fund to Cause
To purchase tickets or make a donation, go to our web site www.namiccns.org, email admin@namiccns.org, or call 847-716-2252.


2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE

Tuesday, April 25 – May 30

NAMI Basics for Parents
6:30pm at Messiah Lutheran Church
1605 Vernon Avenue, Park Ridge, IL, 60068

If you have a child with emotional or behavioral difficulties, NAMI Basics for Parents can help. The course is free to participants and provides information on the mental health conditions that cause behavioral difficulties, the biology of mental illness, and strategies for advocating for your child at school and with medical professionals, and more. NAMI Basics for Parents “provides help that can’t be found in a doctor’s office,” according to one of our class participants.

To register or learn more, go to our web site www.namiccns.org, email admin@namiccns.org, or call 847-716-2252.


Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6

NAMI CCNS Tag Day
Are You Ready To Tag for Mental Health Awareness??

NAMI CCNS holds our annual Tag Day in May to kick of Mental Health Awareness Month.

You can end the stigma surrounding mental illness and raise funds for NAMI CCNS education, support and advocacy programs. All NAMI programs are free-of-charge to participants.

Please share some of your time on May 5th and May 6th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. To sign up, go to our web site www.namiccns.org, email admin@namiccns.org, or call 847-716-2252.


2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE

Saturday, May 20

StorySLAM: Courage
7 – 9 PM at Sojourner Covenant Church, 1101 Church Street, Evanston

Open Mike for individuals living with a mental health condition – either their own or someone they love – to share their story.
Share and listen. You can change the conversation about mental illness.


2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE

Thursday, May 25 to June 8 2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE

Honest, Open, Proud
2 pm at Turning Point, 8324 Skokie Blvd, Skokie

What is your story of living with a mental health diagnosis? Not sure what to say, to whom, and when? Thinking about sharing with someone for the first time or becoming an advocate for mental health? Honest, Open, Proud is a six week workshop that helps individuals living with a mental health condition develop a strategy for sharing their story in a way that that is empowering for you – and for those who listen to your story.


2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE

Thursdays, starting May 25 

Dual Solutions Recovery Group
6 pm at Chicago Behavioral Hospital, 555 Wilson Lane, Des Plaines

Dealing with a dual diagnosis can feel challenging and isolating. Support groups allow members to share frustrations, successes, referrals for specialists, where to find the best community resources and tips on what works best when trying to recover. They also form friendships and provide encouragement to stay clean.


All NAMI CCNS support groups continue to be offered regularly:

Connections Recovery Support Groups
• Mondays, 4 – 5:30 pm at Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 West Dempster, Evanston
• Saturdays, 4 – 5:30 pm at Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 West Dempster, Park Ridge
• First and Third Sundays, 1 – 2:30 pm, Kenneth Young Center Drop-In, 1585 West Dempster, Mt. Prospect

Family Support Groups
• Second and Fourth Mondays, 7–8:30 pm at Skokie Hospital, 9600 Gross Pt Rd, East parking lot, use main entrance, Abramson conference room behind the Info Desk
• First and Third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm at Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster, Park Ridge, 10th floor, Sasser Conference room, east side of cafeteria.  Use either A or C elevators.  Free parking in garage in front of hospital.
• Second Thursday, 7–8:30 pm at Highland Park Hospital, 777 Park Avenue West, Highland Park, room 1A, basement.  Free parking in front of the hospital
• Second and Fourth Saturday mornings, 9 – 10:30 am at St. Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Glass House room in the Cafeteria.

Times and locations subject to change. For additional information call 847-716-2252


Amazon Smile fundraiser for NAMI CCNS

You can donate while you shop for others at smile.amazon.com.

Support us when you shop on amazon. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3714540 and Amazon donates to NAMI Cook County North Suburban.

SHOP & DONATE TODAY

 

 

2017 namiccns dual diagnosis june19

Public Education Meeting – Dual Diagnosis, current treatment advances

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2017 namiccns dual diagnosis june19

Are you or someone you love
living with mental illness and
substance abuse?

2017 Monday, June 19
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

Join NAMI Cook County North Suburban as we explore the topic of Dual Diagnosis and current advances in treatment with experts in the field.

Laura Parise, MD – Psychiatrist / Medical Director, Doreen E. Chapman Center
Sally Thoren, BA, CACD – Executive Director, Gateway Foundation
Tony DeJoseph, PsyD – CEO, Chicago Behavioral Hospital

2017 NAMI CCNS Summer Family to Family

REGISTER TODAY! 2017 Summer Family to Family (of Adults) Class

*NOTE: This class is now full.

Here is the Summer 2017 Schedule for Family to Family

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2017 NAMI CCNS Summer Family to Family

Please call Fay Anderson for more information:  847-716-2252 or fanderson@namiccns.org or use our CLASS INQUIRY FORM

 

Do You Have a Loved One Living with Mental Illness?

NAMI Cook County North Suburban Offers Free

Family to Family Education Programs

Education and Support for Families who have adult relatives with mental illness.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

is a 12-week course for families and close friends of adults with mental illness.

This course 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, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other disorders.

Many family members describe this experience as life-changing.  Join the thousands of families, just like yours, who have gained information, understanding, and support.

  Family to Family participants:

  • Learn about family responses to the trauma of mental illness
  • Receive current information on serious mental illnesses
  • Learn about symptoms, medications and side effects
  • Practice problem-solving skills and communication techniques
  • Develop strategies for handling crises and relapses
  • Learn about local community resources and supports
  • Focus on self-care and coping with stress

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Summer – 2017     

Tuesday evenings, June 6 – August 29, (off July 4) 6:30 – 9:00 pm,

                at Skokie Hospital, 9600 Gross Point Rd, Skokie

               Free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED  please call 847-716-2252

Commitment to attend the 12 classes is required

Sponsored by NAMI Cook County North Suburban   847-716-2252 Visit us at www.namiccns.org

Family to Family Classes

Class 1 – Introduction To Family to Family Education
The first class is used to introduce the Co-Trainers and welcome the class attendees. An overview of the 12 week course is also provided. The first day focuses on the course curriculum, our emotional reactions to mental illness, getting to know each other, our personal belief systems, our personal goals and general understanding of illness symptoms as outlined.

Class 2 – The 3 Major Mental Illnesses/Critical Periods
In the second class, the format will change slightly to begin with a lecture on the symptoms and diagnosis of schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar and schizoaffective disorder. The talk will particularly focus the manic phase of bipolar disorder, psychosis, the process of diagnosis, stigma, myths versus the real risks of mental disorders, and dealing with critical periods in mental illness. The format follows seven immediate questions surrounding these critical periods.

Class 3 – Types and Subtypes of Mood Disorders
In the third class, the group will review mood disorders and anxiety disorders. The symptoms and diagnosis of the various forms of depression are discussed, as well as those of anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The class also learns about the evolution of recognition for these diseases, including the challenges to diagnosis, the relapsing nature of the disorders, and how treatment relates to diagnosis. The class will also learn about overlaps between diagnosis and borderline personality disorder, as well as the significant issue of dual diagnosis and the complications of addiction. The group will also discuss their personal experiences.

Class 4 – Basics About the Brain
The fourth class mixes lectures and discussion about the basics of brain research and how the brain functions with mental illness. The surge in new information from research on the complex biology of the brain has presented discovery after discovery on the physical basis of mental disorders and theories on the edge of new research. The class will also learn and discuss the genetic side of brain disorders, the time of greatest conflict in the stages of consumer recovery and stages of family emotional response, and an overview of the recuperation process.

Class 5 – Problem Solving Workshop
The fifth class focuses takes the problem statement, completed in Class 4, through the Problem Solving Skills Workshop. This Workshop will present structure for the problem pile-up that often occurs in families living with mental illness. Participants will simplify and define the single most important problem, evaluate and use different solution strategies, and set appropriate limits.

Class 6 – Medication Review: Basic Psychopharmacology of Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Schizophrenia & Key Treatment Issues
The sixth class will return to a feast of information, this time about medications. After establishing the ground rules, the group will learn about and discuss the medication process from molecular level to side effects and helping our loved ones stay on target with regimen adherence. The participants will also learn how to recognize early warning signs of relapse and gain a sense of what our family member is experiencing as they begin treatment.

Class 7 – Inside Mental Illness: Empathy Workshop
In the seventh class, the group will learn more about the perspective, trauma and demoralization experienced by the person living with mental illness. The group will explore two case histories, stories of people with brain disorders and how they adjust and react to this vast alteration of their life circumstances and expectations. Participants will explore how illness relates to self-regard and learn guidelines to help families help their relatives maintain self-esteem and confidence.

Class 8 – Communication Skills Workshop
In the eighth class will focus on improved communication skills with a family member whose illness can inhibit the processing of information as well as family members who are uncertain of how to proceed with emotional expression. The group will learn more about how their family member may be organizing complex ideas and how to exchange emotional information in a more constructive way, as well as practice these methods in a group exercise. This will help family members connect to the person “behind the symptoms”.

Class 9 – Relative Groups/Self-Care
The ninth class serves to introduce ways to care for the self while taking on the responsibility for care of a relative with a mental disorder, particularly when there is so little social and public support for this kind of family crisis. Participants will discuss both the practical and emotional burdens of coping with these types of diseases, overcoming guilt and shame about our feelings regarding our new role in the family. Frankness and honesty are encouraged as the participants meet in small subgroups to share their feelings. The entire group will then discuss ways to achieve a balance between caring for our ill relative while living our own lives as fully as possible.

Class 10 – Recovery & Rehabilitation
The tenth class introduces the new realities of recovery and rehabilitation in mental illness, a change in future possibilities in the lives of our ill loved ones that did not seem possible until ten years ago. The class will also discuss the current system of support, both socially and in terms of community resources, and how to find assistance and advocate for the creation of the best rehabilitation programs. There will also be a one hour special presentation by a visiting speaker.

Class 11 – Advocacy
The eleventh class brings facts about stigma, public misinformation, and social services failures surrounding mental illness. The group will learn more about NAMI’s Campaign for the Mind of America and other campaigns to fight discrimination and demand better services for people with brain disorders. A class discussion will focus on the real need for advocacy and what each individual can do to improve public treatment of mental illness in each community.

Class 12 – Certification & Celebration
The twelfth and final class presents certification of completion of the Family to Family Course. The participants will evaluate their experience and also learn more about local support groups. Last but not least, a celebration of new knowledge and support, as well as a last moment of sharing before the close of the course.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Cook County North Suburban

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The mission of NAMI Cook County North Suburban is to improve the lives of individuals with serious mental illness and those who love and care for them through education support and advocacy.

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