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Educational programs offered for those coping with mental illness

Jan 15, 2016 02:11PM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

Call today to register for one of the following educational programs offered by NAMI KDK, an affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness. Two free family educational programs are starting in February: NAMI Basics and NAMI Family to Family. These courses are taught by trained NAMI volunteers and there is no cost to participate.

NAMI Basics is for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents (up to age 19) with mental illness.  NAMI KDK and Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative in St. Charles are co-sponsoring the NAMI Basics Education Program. This 6 week series of classes will begin in St. Charles on Saturday, February 13 from 9:30am to 12 noon. NAMI Basics will cover information about  ADHD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Disorders; coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medication use in the treatment of mental illness in children; listening and communication techniques; problem solving skills; and an overview of the mental health and school systems’ roles in treating children with mental illness. Child care will be provided by Mid-Valley for the Basics Class.

NAMI Family to Family classes are provided for family members, friends and significant others of individuals living with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression), Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder, Co-occurring Brain Disorders and Addictive Disorders. Classes are structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. This 12 week program will begin in Geneva, Thursday, February 18 from 6:30pm-9:00pm.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

For more information and to register for either class, please contact the NAMI KDK office at 630-896-6264 or email to  

For more information about depression and how to get help please visit

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