Courtesy of Brandi Braegger
Cedar City NAMI
CEDAR CITY–As the days grow shorter and the cold weather approaches, the risks of winter depression may catch many people in its clutches. Many mental health professionals suggest that a winter plan be created to ensure optimal mental health during these darker times of the year. Such a plan could include being out in the sunlight for at least fifteen minutes a day, maintaining an exercise program, and eating a well-balanced diet. Another important component of the winter plan is participation in social groups to prevent the isolation that is common among those people who have a mental illness. Also, family members of people who struggle with these illnesses often feel a sense of isolation. Groups will be provided this fall to help fight the stigma and the isolation that is common to those afflicted with mental illnesses and their loved ones who support them.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Cedar City will begin classes for those afflicted with mental illness and for family members of people who struggle with these illnesses. The BRIDGES and Family-to Family education classes will begin on Thursday, Sept. 6. The time for BRIDGES is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and the time for Family-to-Family is from 7 to 9 p.m. Both classes will be held at Southwest Behavioral Health Center (245 East 680 South). These classes typically last for 12 weeks and are free to attend.
BRIDGES is the class for people who struggle with mental illnesses. Topics include information on the different mental illnesses, substance abuse and mental illness, helpful support, medications and the brain, problem management, communication, spirituality and mental health, healthy behaviors, and advocacy.
Family-to-Family is the class for family members and friends of people diagnosed with a mental illness. Topics taught are similar to the BRIDGES course and also include classes on empathy, self-care, rehabilitation, and fighting stigma.
NAMI Cedar City would like to emphasize the importance that education and support have on eliminating the stigma that surrounds mental illness. As is stated each week in class, “Remember, at NAMI, we know treatment works, recovery is possible, there is hope, and you are not alone!” Absolute confidentiality is maintained at every gathering to ensure that members feel safe to share their stories and feel the strength of community.
For more information on the classes, contact Robert at (435) 590-7749, Kay at (435) 559-2145 or Rosie at (435)590-0880. For further details on mental illness and these programs, see websites nami.org and namiut.org.