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Date(s) - 09/14/2017
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Edinburg Center



“I have so many questions about my relative’s mental health diagnosis…”

  • What do I do if there is a crisis?
  • How can I get a clear diagnosis for my relative?
  • How can my relative and I communicate better?
  • What local services in my community am I missing out on?
  • What are all these medications for?
  • What are the best treatments now available for my relative?
  • How do I take care of myself in all of this?
  • After hearing about the violent tragedies in the news, I am scared about what would happen if my relative became violent. I need help to cope with my worries…

The Family-To-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for family caregivers and friends of individuals affected with a serious brain disorder, i.e. mental illness.  F2F is taught by trained family member volunteers.  All instruction and course materials are free for class participants.

The Family-to-Family curriculum utilizes a variety of teaching techniques and includes a broad range of topics:

  • Information about Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Coping skills, handling crisis and relapse
  • Listening and communication techniques
  • Problem solving and limit setting; rehabilitation
  • Understanding the actual experience of people suffering from mental illness
  • Self-care; learning how to recognize normal emotional reactions among families
  • Basic information about medications and their side effects
  • Information about connecting with appropriate community services and community supports
  • Advocacy; getting better services, fighting discrimination and stigma

Many family members describe the impact of taking this course as life changing.

For more information or to register for the Bedford Family to Family Course, contact Janet Hodges at  781-761-5287 or email jhodges@edinburgcenter.org

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQOBYVp33Iw

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