Registration is now open for the Portage County Family-to-Family Education Program, a free, 12-week class for families and others who have a loved one with a mental illness.

The class will run every Tuesday starting March 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Church of Aurora located at 146 Chillicothe Rd. in Aurora.

A national program through NAMI, the class is taught by NAMI-trained family members and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. The free class is co-sponsored by the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Portage County and provides education and support to help families and others who have a loved one with mental illness to better understand the disorders, behavior, treatments and impact. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

To sign up, call the MHRB at 330-673-1756, ext. 201, or email laurab@mental-health-recovery.org.

The Mental Health & Recovery Board is a county agency that funds, plans and monitors public mental health and substance abuse treatment services for Portage County residents. For more information, visit www.mental-health-recovery.org

NAMI Portage County is a local chapter of the national NAMI organization that brings together people with mental illness, their families and advocates to work on improving the lives of people with mental illness. For more information, go to www.namiportagecounty.org