Mental illness program planned at Rockford United Methodist

A free 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness is planned from Feb. 15 to May 3 at Rockford United Methodist Church, 1860 N. Ewing St., Seymour.

The class will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays in the fellowship (community) building at the church.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Family-to-Family is a designated evidenced-based program, according to a news release from the church. Research shows the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

The program is taught in a group setting by alliance-trained family members who have been there and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

Topics include how to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively; taking care of yourself and managing your stress; developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion; finding and using local supports and services; up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain; current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects; and the impact of mental illness on the entire family.

The program will be taught by Carol Oktavec and Sonja Scott.

For information or to register by Feb. 8, contact Oktavec at 812-521-8832 or [email protected] or Scott at 812-525-3897 or [email protected].