Family members of individuals with a serious mental illness not only endure the initial shock of the illness, but then face a challenging future learning to cope with the responsibility of caring for an ill relative.
Because of discrimination and the stigma surrounding mental illness, many individuals and their families become isolated and feel shame. This keeps many family members from seeking the help, support and information that they desperately need.
If you feel alone because of a serious mental illness in your family. NAMI can help. Members of NAMI have had similar experiences with mental illness. You will find reassuring support and understanding, as well as important education about mental illnesses, available treatments and coping skills.
The NAMI Pennsylvania Scranton Area Chapter conducts regular support meetings for both consumers and family members on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 P.M. at: