Skagit NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) will be providing an 8 week interactive course on recovery for any person with mental illness. This class is taught by specially trained mentors that have experienced mental illness themselves. Topics include empowerment, explanation of various disorders, stigma and over coming stigma, story-telling, addictions. medications, spirituality, coping skills, relapse prevention, and advance directives. This current course will begin Monday September 10th and meets every Monday evening from 6 to 8 pm through October 29th at the First United Methodist Church at 1607 East Division Street in Mount Vernon. Pre-registration is requested and can be done by calling Mark Dodds at 360-424-8224 or sending an e-mail to