Agency offers course on mental illness

12-week free program offers information, support to families

John Orear first sought services from NAMI-Missouri when his son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

“I didn’t know where to go,” Orear said. “I feel like it (NAMI) was instrumental in giving me the help I needed to help my son in his recovery.”

NAMI-Missouri is a statewide volunteer-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life and recovery for not only children and adults with mental illness, but also their families.

The agency’s Family-to-Family Program began in the state in 1994 and is offering a free course in Jefferson City beginning in February. The 12-week course is structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being.

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Jefferson City’s 12-week course begins in February, and class size is limited. To register, call 800-374-2138 or e-mail


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