Workshop For Families In Need of Mental Illness, Substance Abuse Support, Jan.23


When mental illness or substance abuse occurs, family members are on the frontlines seeking help for a loved one while trying to dodge the stress that these disorders bring to the household. Information about appropriate services is usually the most immediate need, yet most families have no idea where to turn.

The African American Family Support Group in Oakland will host its second free workshop on Saturday, January 27th at the East Oakland Senior Center, 9255 Edes Ave. The event will seek to assist families in understanding mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders as well as treatment services and the importance of self-care under anxiety producing conditions.

Dynamic speakers will anchor the morning and afternoon sessions.  In the first part of the day, Dr. Aaron Chapman, a psychiatrist and the Medical Director of Alameda County Behavioral Health will discuss various forms of mental illness and the medications commonly used to treat them.  Kenneth Love, an ordained minister and licensed substance abuse counselor will share insights from his journey to overcome drug addiction and impart lessons for families coping with an addicted relative.

In addition to these speakers, attendees will hear testimony from family members and will have the opportunity to participate in small group sessions hosted by local service providers.

The workshop is made available through a grant from Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services in partnership with the African American Steering Committee for Health and Wellness.  The African American Support Group is a program of the Mental Health Association of Alameda County.

The event will take place on January 27th from 10 am – 4 pm.  A free lunch will be served to all who RSVP by January 23rd.

To RSVP, call (510) 697-8533.


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