The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in collaboration with Mid-Coast Mental Health, is sponsoring a free peer-to-peer education program in Waldo County for those diagnosed with mental illness.

The nine-week series of classes begins Wednesday, July 7, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Mid-Coast Mental Health’s Belfast office. Pre-registration is required. For information or to enroll, call Bunny, 236-6878, or e-mail ccantybrooks@namimaine.org.

The course provides a full approach to recovery for people with mental illness who are interested in achieving and maintaining wellness. It includes information on individual empowerment, family and peer support, relapse prevention, communication skills, mental illness, general health, coping skills and self-care strategies.

The course is taught by trained NAMI mentors from the Midcoast and follows a structure format in a relaxed and confidential setting with lectures and interactive exercises.

Mid-Coast Mental Health, in Rockland and Belfast, provides a variety of mental health services to the Midcoast, including out-patient and substance abuse counseling, residential care and crisis services. NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.