Series of classes on mental illness to begin Friday

A 12-week series of classes for families of people diagnosed with serious mental illness will begin Friday and continue through Nov. 22.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Education course will include information about schizophrenia, mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression,) panic disorder, post-traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Also covered will be information on coping skills to handle crisis and relapse, basic information about medications, communication techniques and self-care around worry and stress.

The classes will meet at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 125 W. Kamehameha Ave. in Kahului.

The Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Hawai’i and Mental Health America on Maui are co-sponsoring the free course. It will be taught by family member volunteers who have been trained as instructors.

The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children and significant others of people with severe and persistent mental illness. The course is not appropriate for people who suffer from one of the major mental illnesses.

For more information or to register, call Bob or Harriet Collopy at 572-3757.