The Colorado Springs chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host several classes and a speaker event for those with mental illnesses, their families and friends in the coming weeks.

Offerings include two 12-week courses for family caregivers of loved ones with severe mental illnesses. The Family-to-Family courses, part of the NAMI provider education program, are meant to provide support, community and current information about all aspects of mental illness, including research about medications and resources for caregivers. Special workshops will focus on listening, communication and crisis strategies.

The weekly classes begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Falcon police station, 7850 Goddard St.

The course is free, but class sizes are limited so reservations are required.

Former Colorado state representative and senator Moe Keller will speak on "Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act: What it means to you and your family," at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at First United Methodist Church. The talk is part of NAMI's First Tuesday Education & Advocacy Series.

In her 16 years as a legislator, Keller, who's now vice president of public policy and strategic initiatives for Mental Health America of Colorado, successfully sponsored bills and legislation supporting the equal rights of those with mental illnesses and created the Children's Mental Health Treatment Act.


Contact Stephanie Earls: 636-0364