Families with a mentally ill loved one all experience situations when they need a pre-planned strategy to calm or de-escalate a situation. Although different approaches may work, some are more likely to be successful than others.
Aaron Harmon, B.A., R.N. and the program director of FulCare Behavioral Health at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, will talk about strategies that may work and some that are almost guaranteed to make a situation worse at the Tuesday, September 6 NAMI Four County meeting.
The meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. at the Four County ADAMhs Board office located at T-761 State Route 66 south of Archbold. The program will last about an hour and will include role-playing to practice some of the verbal (both spoken and unspoken) techniques that Harmon will explain.
NAMI Four County is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest organization of family members and friends of persons living with a mental illness, as well as those who have a mental illness. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month, usually at the Four County ADAMhs Board office.
NAMI also offers free mental health family and community education classes throughout the year as well as support groups. The next family education class, called Family to Family, starts Monday, September 12 at the First Church of God in Wauseon. The 12-week class starts at 6 p.m. and lasts about 2 1/1 hours each week.
For more information on that class as well as information on how to register, please visit NAMI’s website: www.namifourcounty.org. The website also lists the group’s meeting schedule through December, the various support groups that are offered and information about a community education class that will be offered in October for persons who work or volunteer in helping professions.
The website also lists a variety of behavioral health service providers in northwest Ohio with links to those providers’ websites.