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Mental Illness Awareness Efforts in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash.- In Yakima County, one in four people have some kind of mental illness, which is why National Alliance on Mental Illness is trying to bring awareness to the community.

NAMI will be holding a free workshop called Visions For Tomorrow in November. Often, mental illnesses can be controlled if they're recognized earlier on. This is why the executive director is trying to expose as many people as possible to illnesses like Attention Deficit Disorder, Schizophrenia and Depression and Eating Disorders. The classes will go over topics like identifying symptoms, finding coping skills and discussing communication problems with children that suffer from mental illnesses.   

"The tools and the knowledge and the level of empathy that they need to make the lives of those children and those families and the whole community's lives healthier and better," said Lori Gendron, the Executive Director for NAMI.

The Visions For Tomorrow workshop is an on-going class so attendance is expected at all 3 sessions. The first session is on Saturday, November 8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next sessions will be on the 15th and 22nd of November.   

For registration, call 509-453-0753.