2014-02-28 / Community

St. John’s Offers Program For Caregivers

The Continuing Day Treatment Program of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital will offer a free 12-week education support program for caregivers, families and friends of individuals with serious mental illnesses.

The 12-week program, called Familyto Family, will begin on Monday, March 3rd and run through Monday, May 19th. It will be given from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Continuing Day Treatment Program, which is located at 19-08 Brookhaven Avenue in Far Rockaway.

The course is sponsored and funded by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau and NAMI New York State.

The course is designed for caregivers and families of individuals with such illnesses as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders. It is taught by a team of trained NAMI family-member volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggle with a brain disorder.

More than 1.3 million people in the US, Canada and Mexico have completed this course. The staff of the Continuing Day Treatment Center recommend this course for the assistance it offers.

Pre-registration and a telephone interview are required. Registration may be made by emailing namign@aol.com or calling 516-326-0797 or 718-347-7284.

To register contact Terri Coyle, Continuing Day Treatment Center at 718-869- 8400, ext. 222. Classes are limited to 25 participants.

Light refreshments will be served.

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