Mental Health Education
About Mental Illness
A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person\'s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
What is Recovery?
Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.
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Education is a key to helping eliminate and reduce stigma in our society. It also helps in enhancing a desire to seek treatment, therapy and support that inspires a focus on recovery. NAMI Southwest Missouri offers several education opportunities for the general public.
Mental Illnesses historically have been diseases that others dreaded and feared — often because they were uninformed.
When diagnosed with a mental illness:
- Many people are confused and frightened, and they do not understand what has happened to them.
- They may find it hard to believe they have a brain disorder.
- They may wonder whether their lives will ever seem “normal” again.
Family Members have questions and concerns themselves for their loved one.
- What do I do if there is a crisis?
- How can I get a clear diagnosis for my relative?
- What local services in my community am I missing out on?
NAMI SWMO and the HOPE Center offers various support groups and educational courses for individuals with mental illness and their family members/caregivers:
If you have questions about any programs or services call 417-864-7119.
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Become a part of NAMI! Subscribe to the latest mental health updates, participate in an online discussion group, learn how to advocate in your community and add your voice to the mental health movement.
Thank you for your generous tax-deductible donation. You are helping us provide support, education, and advocacy to thousands of people living with mental illness in Missouri.
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The families and members of NAMI Southwest Missouri are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.