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Support and Family Education (SAFE)

Family members being held in the open palm.

Family members being held in the open palm.

Monday, May 12, 2014

We would like to make you aware of an exciting new series of groups called Support and Family Education (SAFE) that is now being held at the Columbus VA. These classes are FREE and being offered to family and friends of Veterans. Participants can come to any or all of the topics that are of interest to them.

Registration is encouraged, but not required, by calling John Lucas at 614.257.5204.

Location and times

Columbus VA – Learning Resource Center, starting at 5:30 and ending at 6:30PM

Dates and Group Topic: (2nd Tuesday of every month)

  • May 13, 2014 - PTSD and its impact on the family
  • June 10, 2014 - Do’s and Don’ts in helping your family member
  • July 8, 2014 - Substance use and its impact
  • August 12, 2014 - Limit setting and boundaries with family members
  • September 9, 2014 - What causes mental illness?
  • October 14, 2014 - Schizophrenia and its impact on the family
  • November 11, 2014 - Stress-Busting tips for family members
  • December 9, 2014 - Tips to help make the holiday season pleasant
  • January 13, 2015 - How can I take care of myself as a caregiver?
  • February 10, 2015 - What can I do when my family member is depressed?
  • March 10, 2015 - What can I do when my family member is angry or violent?
  • April 14, 2015 - Communication tips with Family Members
  • May 12, 2015 - Rights and responsibilities of patients, family members and professionals
  • June 9, 2015 - What do we tell other people about mental illness?
  • July 14, 2015 - What to do when your help is turned away
  • August 11, 2015 - Common Family reactions to mental illness
  • September 8, 2015 - Problem solving skills for families
  • October 13, 2015 - Creating a low-stress environment and minimizing crises
  • November 10, 2015 - Coping with the stigma surrounding mental illness

These group meetings are:

  • Confidential
  • For Family members and friends of Veterans (adults and adolescents)
  • Free
  • Attend only the topics which interest you.


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