Free class helps families cope with mental illness



NAMI LogoFamilies supporting an adult living with a mental condition face many unique challenges.

That’s why Eastern Iowa Community Colleges has partnered with NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley to offer Family to Family. The free nationally-developed education programs that helps families cope, communicate and effectively advocate for their loved one.

The course will be held at Clinton Community College, 1000 Lincoln Blvd. It extends over 12 sessions, on Monday nights from 6 – 8:30 p.m., March 4 – May 20.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living with a mental health condition and their families. Programs are taught by family members with similar experiences.

The course is made available by a grant from the Eastern Iowa Mental Health and Disabilities Service Region that includes Jackson and Clinton counties.

It is designed for family members and caregivers of individuals 18 years or older living with a mental health condition. Course topics include family response to trauma, diagnosis and dealing with critical periods, problem-solving, communications skills and self-care for caregivers.

Registration is required to insure there is enough room and materials for all who wish to attend. Go to or call 1-888-336-3308.

Additional information about NAMI is available at or call 563-386-7477, Ext. 266, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.