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UNMC Offers Educational Program for People with Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Manic-depressive Illnesses

Major depression, schizophrenia and bi-polar (manic-depressive) illnesses affect society in many ways. Biological in nature, the illnesses can be treated and managed so those affected and their families can live in a healthy way.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing will offer a course titled, “Managing Life with Mental Illness.” The course is for those with major depression, schizophrenia, manic-depressive illnesses, their family, friends and health care professionals.

The course will run from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. on 12 consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 4 and running through April 29. It will be held at the UNMC College of Nursing, 42nd and Dewey Streets, Room 2017. Free parking is available on the east side of the college. The program will address psychosis, the biological aspects of mental illness, treatment, medications, recovery, and how to manage the illnesses in order to live in a healthy way.

The cost to attend the program is $20 per session or $10 per session for a second family member or friend. Sliding scale payment and scholarships are available. The cost for health care professionals and service providers is $30 per session and includes continuing education credit.

The course is taught by Susan Muhlbauer and Marlene Lindeman, who have master’s degrees in nursing. Muhlbauer is a certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and an advanced registered nurse practitioner, and Lindeman is a certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.

To register, call the UNMC Family Health Care Center at (402) 595-2794.