Free education available from the MHRB for families coping with a child or adult who has mental illness

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The Portage County Family-to-Family Education Program, which starts a new session March 16 in Aurora, can help families and individuals cope with the challenges of mental illness.

The national program provides families with up-to-date information about mental illnesses, treatments, medications, services and more.

Participants can find familiar stories and familiar problems among class members while also sharing information and hope. The class is taught by area residents who have a family member with mental illness.

Classes will run for 12 weeks on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon at The Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora. The program is being supported by a gift from the Women's Guild of The Church in Aurora.

To sign up, call Laura at 330-673-1756, ext. 201, or email her at laurab@mental-health-recovery.org. The deadline to register is March 14.

The class is sponsored by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County and NAMI Portage County.

The MHRB is the county government agency that funds, plans and monitors community mental health and substance abuse treatment services for Portage residents. The board website is www.mental-health-recovery.org.

NAMI is the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The group of family members, consumers and advocates meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the MHRB office in Kent. All are welcome to attend for support and information.

To learn more about Family-to-Family and NAMI, go to www.namiportagecounty.org.

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