KeepHealthCare.ORG – Mental illness support classes offered in St. Tammany
The St. Tammany Parish chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering three free courses designed to help those faced with mental health issues.
Registration for the courses is now open, but space is limited. Only those who resister can participate.
The courses offered by NAMI include:
A 12-week course for family and caregivers of individuals living with mental health conditions will begin on Aug. 28.
Beginning on Sept. 5, an eight-week course for individuals living with mental illness will be offered.
NAMI will also offer a six-week course for parents of children with emotional or behavioral issues. That course will begin Oct. 2.
All classes will be held during evening hours in St. Tammany Parish. To register for one of the classes, call NAMI St. Tammany at 985.626.6538.
NAMI reports that one in five Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness each year. Moreover, studies have shown that St. Tammany has had historically high suicide rates compared to other Louisiana parishes. The rate has hovered between 15 and 17 suicides per 100,000 residents; the state and national averages have been around 12.
Founded in 1984, NAMI St. Tammany is a grass roots organization dedicated to offering education, support, resources, and advocacy for individuals living with mental illness, their families and the community.