Does Someone You Love Have a Mental Illness?
According to research from the National Institute on Mental Health, 6% of Americans suffer from a serious mental disorder such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorder. Living with a person with mental illness can be stressful, and overwhelming.
E-3 is an 8-session course taught by trained volunteers that have personal experience caring for someone with mental illness and is conducted in an atmosphere of confidentiality. Each two- hour session will focus on a different mental health diagnosis and will include information about treatment options, techniques for handling real-life situations, and strategies to help caregivers manage their responses to the illness. These classes offer support to anyone caring for a friend or family member with mental illness.
The E-3 curriculum offers participants practical and emotional support including such topics as:
- Self-care For Caregivers
- Effective Communication Strategies
- Problem Management
- Psychiatric Emergencies
- Record Keeping and Advocacy
- Medication and Treatment Options
- Legal Issues and Trust Planning
- Brain biology and specific brain disorders such as
- Thought Disorders (ie. Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder)
- Mood Disorders (ie.Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorder, Depression)
- Anxiety Disorders (ie. GAD, PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
- Personality Disorders (ie. Borderline, Narcissistic)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Substance Use Disorders (Alcohol, Drugs, Caffeine)
- And more
The Course it presented in two formats:
- 8 week courses are geared to family members & care givers of someone living with mental illness.
- 3 Day E3 Live Intensive™ includes the same basic information as our 8 week course, though geared more towards non-mental health professionals, ministers and caregivers.
(The office of Global Clergy Development has approved Lifelong Learning Credits, which are available to Nazarene ministers who participate in the course.)