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Letter: Coping With Mental Illness

To the Editor:

I would like to let your readers know about a free 12-week class of education and support for family members who have loved ones who have or may have mental illness. The course is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Upper Valley affiliate of NAMI-NH.

Many families across our state and across the country have found this class to be time well spent. It is full of up-to-date information regarding treatment, behavior, communication, coping skills and self-care for family members and friends who want a better understanding of mental illness and who want to learn to cope better, worry less and feel newly empowered to advocate for better treatment and services for their loved one. Family to Family is taught by two family-member volunteers who have been trained by NAMI-NH and have taught the class before. The more we know and share with others about the realities of mental illness, the more we break down the stigma associated with it and the more likely our loved ones will have a chance at recovery, acceptance and dignity.

Classes will be held on Mondays from Feb. 11 through April 28, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. For more information and to register, call Monique at 603-558-0774 or me at 603-863-2621. Also, visit We hope you can join us.

Donna Stamper