Mercy Jefferson Partners with NAMI St. Louis for Mental Illness Program

February 9, 2018

Mercy Hospital Jefferson and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) St. Louis have partnered together to offer an important Family-to-Family Program, for family, caregivers, and friends of individuals living with mental illness. This program is a FREE twelve-week educational course that will cover the topics listed below.

Meetings will be 6:30 - 9 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 21 to May 9 in Conference Room A at Mercy Hospital Jefferson. Advanced registration is required, please click here to register.

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Class 1: Introduction: Special Features of the Course: Learning about the normative stages of our emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness.

Class 2: Understanding Schizophrenia and Mood Episodes (depression and mania): characteristic features of psychotic illness; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness.

Class 3: Mood Episodes: Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Dual Diagnosis: Diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders.

Class 4: Basics about the Brain: Functions of key brain areas: research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses: genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; the biology of recovery; individual stages of recovery for brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of disorders,and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; Stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect ones integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate.

Class 9: Self Care: Learning about family burden; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; Hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing and Evaluation: Certification Ceremony/Party


Advanced registration is required, please click here to register.

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