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Get support, strategies in providing care for mentally ill loved one

Emory Report | Aug. 10, 2015

Struggling to manage caring for an adult family member with mental illness? Get useful strategies for finding support at "Caregiver/Care Partner Role in Mental Illness" on Thursday, Aug. 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 201 of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

This free workshop, co-sponsored by the Emory Worklife Resource Center and the Faculty Staff Assistance Program, will show participants how to navigate the system to find out what resources are available for caregivers and those they are caring for and how to access the support both need.

Topics include skills related to managing crises and communicating effectively, as well as self-care tips. Resources for peer support, both online and in person, will also be discussed.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions in a non-judgmental and safe space.

Facilitators for this workshop are Joan Johnston, Susie Kyle and Martha Shockey.

Johnston and Kyle are both trained facilitators for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Family to Family Program, a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness, according to Emory WorkLife work specialist Mary Ellen Nessmith.

Emory employee Shockey volunteered with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance to develop and implement an online, real time weekly support group that ran for six years. "Martha co-facilitated this group with several peers from across the country. She brings her experience with this group and with her family members to this presentation," Nessmith says.

Contact Nessmith at 404-727-4177 with questions or concerns about the workshop.