Family to Family class offered
January 7, 2013
Family to Family, a 12 week course for family
and friends of individuals with mental illness,
is being offered by the Far North Chapter of
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
The course, facilitated by trained family
members, begins Monday, February 11, in the
Panhandle Health classroom in Bonners Ferry from
6 to 8:30 p.m. All instruction and course
materials are free to class participants.
The NAMI-sponsored program presents current
information about schizophrenia, bipolar
disorder (manic depression), panic disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline
personality disorder, co-occurring brain
disorders and addictive disorders.
Each class focuses on a subject, including
up-to-date information about medications,
understanding the mentally ill relative, problem
solving, and communication.
In addition, family members learn techniques for
self care, strategies for handling crisis and
relapse, and receive guidance on locating
appropriate supports and services within the
Finally, family members are informed about
advocacy initiatives designed to improve and
Nationwide, over 115,000 family members have
graduated from the Family to Family program. The
program was first offered to Bonner and Boundary
Counties in 2007.
This is the fourth program to be held in Bonners
Ferry. The class is limited in size and fills
Please register by phone with Gini Woodward,
The classes will be facilitated by Gini Woodward
and Candi Kelly.
To learn more about NAMI visit
The local chapter, NAMI Far North, meets the
third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.
in the Bonner General Hospital classroom in
Sandpoint. A brief business meeting is followed
by a speaker program and support groups.
Anyone with mental illness concerns is invited
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