The National Alliance on Mental Health is accepting registrations for a 12-week educational program for family members of people diagnosed with serious mental illness.

The program is planned for Monday evenings, beginning Feb. 13, at the First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield.

NAMI's Family-to-Family program is run by trained family members of patients, the group said, and covers information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and other serious mental illnesses.

Instruction is offered in coping skills, such as handling crisis and relapse, listening and communication and the worry and stress that family members experience, NAMI said in a news release. The course also provides basic information about medications as well as recovery and rehabilitation.

Class size is limited, so pre-registration is important, NAMI said.

For more information or to register, call Barbara at 203-984-8251 or Linda at 203-227-0413.