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For Immediate Release                     PRESS CONTACT: Kelly Kapaun, Christopher Davis


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Partnership with the Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County Offers Family-to-Family Education Program


January 13, 2011, Santa Barbara, CA— The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in partnership with the Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County is offering a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. In addition to gaining knowledge about their relative’s mental disorder, class members will be taught coping skills, such as handling crisis and relapse, and will get information about medications, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care in the midst of worry and stress. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with a serious brain disorder. 


Free for close family members, partners and significant others of individuals with:


  • Major Depression;
  • Bipolar Disorder (formerly called Manic Depression);
  • Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder;
  • Borderline Personality Disorder;
  • Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; and
  • Co-Occurring Brain Disorders and Addictive Disorders. 


Advance registration is required. To find out more about the program and to see if you qualify for these free classes, please call Michaelo Rosso-Bálcazar at (805) 884-8440, ext. 105 or visit

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