Classes offered for families living with mental illness

Classes offered for families living with mental illness

CHAMPAIGN — Free classes are available for families living with mental illness.

The Illinois chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer its Family-to-Family education program, a 13-week class series, for family members of people with mental illness conditions.

Classes will be held from 6:30-9 p.m., beginning Feb. 28 at Colony West Clubhouse, 31 Colony West Drive, C.

Classes will cover such conditions as panic disorder, mood disorders, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, along with coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse.

Topics will also include medications, listening and communication techniques, problems-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care, according to NAMI.

Classes are taught by trained NAMI family member volunteers and are designed for care-givers and family members of those with severe and persistent mental illness.

Register by Feb. 21. Call one of the instructors, Nancy Carter, 356-1925 or Donna Mayer, 234-7616. Or send Carter an email:

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Nochilddrugging wrote on January 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm


Parents are being mislead by a multi billion-dollar a year child drugging industry that a diagnoses of “mental disorder” (ADHD, Bi-Polar, Social Anxiety Disorder) are medical diseases or illnesses. This is a fraud. No child has a brain scan, blood test, X-Ray or any evidence of physical abnormality to verify they are “ill” or “diseased.”

Yet NAMI continues to pound the public with misleading and fraudulent statements that these so called mental disorders are biochemical or neurological conditions. That is false. They are simply a list of behaviors that psychiatrists vote into existence and insert into their billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

This has led to well over 8 million children in the U.S. taking mind-altering psychiatric drugs.


In 2004, NAMI opposed the placement of "black box" warnings on antidepressants determined to cause suicide in under-18 year olds, and in 2006 opposed black box warnings on ADHD drugs causing heart attack, stroke and sudden death in children in 2006. Despite overwhelming evidence of serious adverse cardiac events and sudden deaths caused by ADHD drugs, in 2006 NAMI took the position that the “black box” warning on ADHD drugs was “premature.”


Lilly donated at least $3 million to NAMI. For its part, NAMI promotes the increased use of psychotropic drugs,, and even lobbies for laws allowing mental patients to be forced to take antipsychotic drugs. The drugs most often prescribed for involuntary patients -- Janssen's Risperdal (risperidone) and Lilly's Zyprexa (olanzapine) -- cause debilitating, indeed, lethal effects.


NAMI's failure to inform its constituents about the danger these drugs pose for patients, and its continued aggressive promotion of these drugs despite the evidence, may be viewed as confirmation that NAMI is an extension of Lilly's marketing department."