BENNINGTON -- NAMI Vermont is pleased to partner with United Counseling Services to offer a free one-day workshop "Mental Illness and Recovery" on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 316 Dewey St. in Bennington. The workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about mental illness and recovery.

Participants will learn basic information about major mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder.

The curriculum also provides an overview of effective treatments for mental illness, accessing services throughout the state, evidence based practices available in Vermont, coping strategies and crisis prevention, recovery and next steps for making progress.

"NAMI Vermont is committed to educating the public about the needs of the one in four Vermonters affected by mental illness through our new workshop. Participants leave with a wealth of new information and resources. Many of the participants move on to join one of our support groups that we have available for both family members and individuals who have a mental health condition," said Laurie Emerson, program director of NAMI Vermont.

The NAMI Vermont Mental Illness and Recovery workshop is free and is made possible by a grant from the Department of Mental Health. For more information or to register, call Laurie Emerson, Program Director at NAMI Vermont 162 S Main St., Waterbury, VT 05676 (800) 639-6480 ext 102, email program@namivt.org or register online at www.namivt.org.

NAMI Vermont is the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Through the dedicated efforts of grassroots leaders, NAMI focuses on three cornerstones of activity: Support, Education and Advocacy.