Lisa St. Aubyn, President & CEO

Research Psychiatric Center, a campus of Research Medical Center, announces a free 12-week course on education and support for families of individuals with mental illness.  Research Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider and one of the area’s largest private-sector employers. Research Psychiatric Center is one of the largest providers of behavioral healthcare services in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area and one of the few comprehensive inpatient facilities.    

Beginning Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Family-to-Family Education Program will help educate and support the family and friends of individuals with conditions such as schizophrenia and mood and anxiety disorders. The course is taught by trained family members who have lived with this experience, and imparts the essential knowledge and skills to help family members cope more effectively with challenges.

The NAMI Family-to-Family course topics include family responses to the trauma of mental illness; diagnosis and dealing with critical periods; co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; the biology of the brain and emerging scientific discoveries; problem-solving workshop; medication review; communication skills workshop; relative group testimony; rehabilitation; and fighting stigma.

“At Research Psychiatric Center, we are deeply committed to those who suffer from mental illness, and caring for and supporting the families affected by mental illness,” says Lisa St. Aubyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Research Psychiatric Center.   “Bringing the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program to our community provides an important roadmap to guide families through mental illness and offer support during difficult times, which is an important part of our mission as a Kansas City behavioral health leader.”

The NAMI Family-To-Family Education Program is appropriate for parents, siblings, other family members and significant others of people with severe and persistent mental illness.  The course begins on Tuesday, Sept. 16th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and runs through Dec. 2, 2014.  The program will be held at Research Psychiatric Center, 2323 East 63rd St, Kansas City, Mo., 64130. 

To register or for more information, contact Jen Boyden at NAMI-KC: jbkcami@aol.com or 816-931-0030. Registration is required. For more information on Research Psychiatric Center, visit researchpsychiatriccenter.com.