Berlin – There are many families that struggle with the day to day battle of mental illness, whether it is with themselves or their loved ones. Some of these battles are the stigma and misconceptions that surround the illness that they are facing, and sometimes these stigmas and misconceptions are the hardest battles to fight. Those who struggle with mental illness or the family members supporting loved ones, sometimes feel shame and guilt about the situation. Life Interrupted is a program that allows families to use their experiences to change the attitudes and open the minds of their community and to spread the message that everyone has the ability to help promote recovery, resiliency and wellness for those diagnosed with a mental illness.
White Mountains Community College and the Fortier Library in partnership with NAMI NH will be hosting a Life Interrupted presentation on February 25th at 6:00 PM in the Fortier Library. The presentation is a free event and open to the public. Trained family members who have loved ones affected by mental illness will be presenting to the public on topics such as their own recovery, how they learned about and coped with their own health, the health of their family and of their loved ones with mental illness. Goals of the presentation include helping the audience understand the family perspective on mental illness, to help reduce the stigma mental illness carries, to encourage hope for families that are affected by mental illness, to educate communities about NAMI NH, and to promote resiliency and recovery. For more information on the February 25th presentation or to RSVP (RSVP not required but helpful!), please contact Sandy Alonzo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (603) 915-1801 or Meagan Carr at (603) 342-3086.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has a chapter in New Hampshire. It is a grassroots organization whose belief is that people with mental illness or emotional disorders and their families should have access to insurance, access to comprehensive health care and have access to community based supports without discrimination or stigma that is often associated with mental illness. Their largest strength lies within their members. For more information on NAMI NH, please visit their website at www.naminh.org.
White Mountains Community College continues to educate the North Country through their certificate and associate degree programs as well as information based programs such as the Life Interrupted program. White Mountains Community College offers courses in Berlin, Littleton, Conway and Colebrook as well as over 50 online courses. With over 50 degree and certificate programs and a recent 5% reduction in tuition, White Mountains Community College is affordable and accessible for all individuals, whether you are looking to obtain a college degree or change your career. The college has a number of articulation agreements so transferring into a four year college for those interested in a bachelor’s degree is quick and seamless. For more information, please call White Mountains Community College, 603-752-1113 ext. 3000 or email email@example.com.