NAMI East Alabama is offering a free, eight-session educational program developed by experts at the National Alliance on Mental Illness specifically for family and friends of people facing severe mental illness. Family to Family is taught by NAMI-trained individuals who have personal experience with mental illness of a family member. Topics include information on different illnesses and how they affect the brain, current treatments and therapies, problem-solving and how to handle a crisis, finding local support and services, taking care of oneself and managing stress, etc.

To participate in the course, you must have a family member or close friend who has a severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar, schizoaffective disorder or severe depression.  Sessions will be from 6 to 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) each Monday between Jan. 24 and March 14 and will held at The Circle of Care Center for Families located at 14 Medical Park in Valley.

To enroll call Emilyn at 334-444-4032 or Anita at 334-591-0196.