NAMI Williamsburg Offers Fall Series of Free Classes for Families of those with Mental Illness

Williamsburg, VA, July 17, 2019-NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness Williamsburg will again offer its free series of educational classes for those whose loved ones are affected by mental illness. The class offers families and caregivers a free, 11-week course that focuses on mental illnesses, such as: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The course will begin on Wednesday, September 11th at Williamsburg House of Mercy at 10 Harrison Avenue in Williamsburg.

The Family-to-Family class provides education, support, strategies, and coping skills to help families and friends more effectively provide support to loved ones afflicted by these brain disorders, while also maintaining their own well being.

The goal is to gain an understanding of these serious disorders, from medical terminology and the latest treatments, to an understanding of their loved ones' experiences. The curriculum will be taught by local experienced, trained family members. The Family-to-Family class has been designated as an evidence-based treatment by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Classes will be held on 11 consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All instruction and course materials are free for participants. Registration is now open, but preregistration is required. To register, please call Joe Bell at 757-719-3932 or e-mail For more information on the course, go to or

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