Helping Neighbors: F.I.S.H. Program Presentation: ‘Understanding Mental Illness’
F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP, with National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties, is offering a community presentation, ‘Understanding Mental Illness; Learn the Facts and Get Help, on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM at the Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church located at 2304 Periwinkle Way. Regina Britton, Program Director of NAMI, will lead the discussion.
This seminar will provide information about specific mental illnesses. Conditions, treatment and services related to mental illness will be discussed, as well as information on additional resources. FISH Program Director Kathy Y. Monroe, states, “This seminar offers an opportunity to learn more about a very important topic. The more informed one is about mental illness, the better they can help themselves or a loved one. Mental illnesses are complex. Many times, they co-exist with other conditions.”
Expert Regina Britton is pleased to bring this learning opportunity to Sanibel and Captiva. “A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others. Their daily function level may be compromised at various levels,” states Regina. “Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.”
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing, and are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
Please join FISH and NAMI for this informative discussion. This seminar is open to the community and lunch will be provided. For additional information and to RSVP, contact Kathy Y. Monroe at (239) 472-4775.