What is mental illness?

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

  • Every 4th Tuesday 7 to 9pm
  • Carriage House - 3327 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne, IN 46805 (map)
  • Free and open to the public - adults age 18 and over

Description: The Education Night meets on the 4th Tuesday each month. Guest speakers address various mental health-related topics. Check the NAMI Calendar for details.

Crisis support can be arranged if requested

Free of charge for adult family and friends of people with serious mental illness. Meets for 8 sessions.

DATES: Feb. 27 through April 16, 2020

Call or email to register.

Location: In Chad's House behind the Carriage House Clubhouse

Contact: Business Office

Phone: (260) 447-8990


Learn more about specific disorders

Our parent site has a list of disorders with (Overview, Treatment, Support, and Discussion) links.

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