Monday, August 07, 2006

NAMI Family-to-Family Course in Houston 8/28/06


Sign-ups for the free course beginning now.

A 12-session free Family-to-Family course for relatives of mentally ill persons will start on August 28, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. at the Bonaire First Baptist Church, 142 W. Hwy 96 Bonaire Ga ( corner of hwy 96 and Old Perry Rd ).

You do not have to live in Houston County to participate.
The nationally acclaimed Family-to-Family course will be taught by two volunteers from the middle Georgia chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mary Ann van Hartesveldt and LaVonne Harn. The course provides information, support, and help with coping with the problems of a mentally ill relative.

The course will meet from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for 12 consecutive weeks, starting Tuesday August 28. The course and all materials are free. It is strongly recommended that participants pre-register for the course and be willing to commit to attend all 12 meetings. The course is limited to 18 participants.

To register for the course or to get more information, call LaVonne Harn @ 478 213 7080 ( cell ) or email at <>.

Be advised that Family-to-Family is an educational and support course only for family members of the mentally ill. It not intended as treatment for those who are themselves suffering from mental illness. Those individuals are urged to seek medical help and get into an appropriate treatment program.

Mrs. van Hartesveldt holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, and has been an employment counselor for the Middle Georgia Consortium for the past 16 years. She is a member of the board of directors of NAMI-Central Georgia and active in community affairs.

Mrs. Harn is a registered nurse and retired as vice-president for patient services at the Medical Center in Macon. She is currently president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Central Georgia, Inc. (NAMI), and has participated in a variety of community activities.

NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe disorders

The local branch office of NAMI is located at 209 Elberta Road in Warner Robins. For information about membership and other programs, call 328-0508.

NAMI-Central Georgia, Inc. is a United Way agency.

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