The African American Family Support Group will host a free series of workshops for families who are caring for members suffering from mental illness and/or substance abuse.
The first of the meetings to help families coping with devastating and confusing conditions will be held Saturday, July 29 at the North Oakland Senior Citizens Center at the Old Merritt Campus at 5714 Martin Luther King Way from 1 p.m.-4:45 p.m. The director of psychiatry for Alameda County Behavioral Health and a certified alcohol and drug counselor will speak and respond to questions.
While mental illness and substance abuse are widespread among families in the United States, family members are seldom prepared to cope with what can be unexpected and extremely difficult conditions.
The workshop is aimed at African American families who often find locating adequate information and appropriate services challenging. Family members who have helped loved ones in their recovery journeys will share hope they have found in support networks and agency services. Small group sessions with professionals in the field of mental health and family support will be available as well as resource tables with a range of material about county services.
The meeting is sponsored by the African American Family Support Group of the Mental Health Association of Alameda County and is funded by a grant from Alameda County Behavioral Health Care and Services in cooperation with the African American Steering Committee for Health and Wellness.
Refreshments will be served and space is limited. RSVP by July 26 to Viveca at (510) 697-8533.