National Alliance on Mental Illness
page printed from NAMI Putnam County
Monthly Speaker Series Meetings
Wednesday March 19th
Could My Child Have a Mental Illness?
Exploring the Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents
Jennifer Ayers, LMSW, MA
licensed social worker
6:45PM - 9:00PM
668 Route 6
Jennifer Ayers will discuss the symptoms, diagnosis, behavioral and counseling treatment required to achieve recovery. We will discuss the importance of identifying signs of mental illness early in childhood in order to assure the best outcome for their child. Included in the presentation will be information on understanding the differences between normal childhood behaviors toward social changes and stressors and symptoms of mental illness. Tools and resources will be available to help parents.
Following the presentation information will be available on the FREE six week NAMI signature education program "NAMI BASICS" developed specifically for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. Course elements Include:- The trauma of mental illness for the child and family- The biology of mental illness: getting an accurate diagnosis- An overview of treatment options – treatment works - The impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family – caregivers and siblings- An overview of the systems involved in caring for children and teens
The course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness during childhood/adolescence.
Please send your name, phone number, and e-mail address to NAMIPutnam@gmail.com or call 845-363-1478 to register.
Related FilesSpeaker Series March 2014 (PDF File)
Basics Flyer Spring 2014 (PDF File)