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When Your Young Adult Child Has Been Diagnosed with a Mental Illness

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Rochambeau Library - Computer LabRoom
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
708 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906

As a parent, having your young adult child diagnosed with a major mental illness can be can be a time of crisis and upheaval for your child and your family.  You may find yourself needing to navigate unfamiliar terrain and dealing with various systems that are confusing and not always connected with each other. And if your child is in school some distance from you that adds another layer of anxiety and concern. This one-hour presentation is designed to make this process less daunting by providing some guidance in putting the pieces of the puzzle together. 

Topics to be covered include:
        Finding treatment options and other resources
        Understanding a diagnosis and what it means for your child and your family
        Building coping skills to adapt to a new reality
        Knowing what to expect in the short term and possible outcomes for the long term
        Collaborating with your child’s educational institution
        Caring for yourself and building resilience and hope    

A diagnosis of major mental illness is a profound and difficult event for young adults and for those around them.  However, with guidance and support, it is also one that can be managed and adapted to by everyone involved. 

This presentation is given by Sherri Nelson, PhD, a local clinical psychologist in private practice with extensive experience treating young adults. It is geared towards parents but anyone with an interest in mental illness in young adults is welcome to attend. 

FREE and open to the public.

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