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F.I.S.H., NAMI to present ‘Understanding Mental Illness’ seminar

By Staff | Jan 18, 2019

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, with the National Association on Mental Illness for Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties, is offering a community presentation, “Understanding Mental Illness; Learn the Facts and Get Help,” on Feb. 13 at the Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church on Sanibel.

Set for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., NAMI Program Director Regina Britton will lead the discussion.

The 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.

“This seminar offers an opportunity to learn more about a very important topic,” F.I.S.H. Program Director Kathy Y. Monroe said. “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.”

Britton is pleased to bring the 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,” she said. “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. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

The seminar is open to the community and lunch will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Monroe at 239-472-4775.

Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church is at 2304 Periwinkle Way.