Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolardisorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsivedisorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring braindisorders and addictive disorders
Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services
"Taking the class with my husband was very important--we have learned so much together and now we're making plans to handle our issues - 2 daughters with mental illness. We can strengthen and support each other!"
"Thank you so much! This has been a wonderful resource. It has helped me find other resources at critical times when they were needed. The understanding that I have gained has improved my ability to help my sister. I can hope for her to rebuild a life for herself. I now have many good tools and facts to support her in reinventing her life."
"The class was a tremendous help in better understanding not just the mental illness, but also what our child is going through."
"I am very impressed by the level of expertise and the level of commitment to helping us. I have learned so much and in that learning I feel much more connected to my bi-polar daughter. I realize that her case is not hopeless and hopefully things will keep on improving!"
"What I have learned in 12 weeks far exceeds what I have learned in the past 20 years dealing one-on-one. I am sorry it took so long to find."--Mother of a son with bipolar disorder
We all need nutrition to support our bodies. A poor diet equals poor health, contributing to obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes - conditions that many people living with mental illness are at a high risk of developing. Nutrition is important for everyone. If you are living with mental illness, eating well is especially important for you, because what you eat can affect your daily life, mood and energy level. Healthy eating is not about being thin or deprivation. Healthy eating is about feeling good, having more energy, participating in your recovery and mapping out your future. Simply put, healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to improve wellness. Dietary guidelines set by the USDA state that a healthy diet is one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat free or low fat milk products. A healthy diet should include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Be sure to limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Lear more about the U.S. government's guidlelines by reveiwing the food pyramid: mypyramid.gov.