Two free education courses, one in Seaside and one in Astoria, will be offered to families and caregivers this winter by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), according to Richard Elfering, president of the Clatsop affiliate.

Family-to-Family Education, for parents, siblings and spouses of a person in the family diagnosed with a brain disease, meets in Seaside 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 20 to April 7. To register, call Myra at (503) 738-6165 or Alice (evenings) at (503) 717-1835.

Visions for Tomorrow, designed for direct caregivers of children with brain disorders, meets in Astoria at the Columbia Memorial Hospital conference room on Saturday mornings, Jan. 29 to March 19. To register, contact Richard at (503) 325-7430 or Geri at (503) 755-4150. The curriculum is designed for the families and caregivers themselves.

The classes, taught by NAMI-trained educators, offer basic psychological education in the chronic mental illnesses. Participants learn coping skills, problem solving, self-care and empowerment.

There is no registration fee for either course, but class size is limited.

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