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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.

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(The office of Global Clergy Development has approved Lifelong Learning Credits, which are available to Nazarene ministers who participate in the course.)