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NAMI Event

Trained volunteers from NAMI Southwest CT will be sharing the work of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's peer-to-peer support program and educational opportunities for families whose loved ones live with serious mental illness. The only national grassroots mental health organization, NAMI believes that with support and education, recovery is not only possible, but probable. Self-care, communication, making a plan, working with doctors effectively, keeping a journal, and knowing your resources are just a few of the talking points the peer volunteers will cover. They will also share information on the many free, evidence-based offerings available in our community, including:

NAMI Family-to-Family: a 12-week course that is offered throughout the year for family, partners, friends, and significant others of adults living with mental illness

NAMI Basics: a 6-week course focused on families that have a child under the age of 18 who is experiencing symptoms of mental illness or has already been diagnosed

All NAMI support is free of charge and confidential. For more information, call Claudia DeVita at (203) 428- 6864.

Speaker Bios:

Claudia DeVita
- Diploma Degree, Hartford Conservatory Music and Dance
- Founder and Artistic Director, Allegra Dance Studio, Greenwich CT
- NAMI Volunteer Since 2001
- Vice President of NAMI Southwest CT
- Support Group Facilitator, Perspective Presenter, Instructor of Basics and Family-to-Family Courses
- Dance Specialist at Nathaniel Witheral Nursing Home

Lorraine Zegibe
- BA, Fordham University, Psychology & Education
- MS, Lehman College CUNY, Recreation Therapy
- NAMI Volunteer Since 2005
- Coordinator of Community Education and Support for NAMI Southwest CT
- Support Group Facilitator, Provider Educator, Instructor of Basics and Family-to-Family Courses
- State Trainer for Basics, Support Group Facilitators, Provider Education
- 2016 NAMI CT Volunteer of the Year
- Member of NAMI Southwest CT Board

Later Event: June 16