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NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens (22 years and younger) who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. 

Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.

You'll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your

child at home, at school, and when they're getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.

The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience — they know what you're going through because they've been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

 

NAMI Basics covers:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively

  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress

  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion

  • Advocating for your child's rights at school and in health care settings​

  • Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects

  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and supporting resources to help you navigate these systems

  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family.

NAMI Basics OnDemand:

The national organization of NAMI has released an online version of the course, called NAMI Basics OnDemand. Learn more and Register for Basics On Demand Here

For specific questions, please contact ashley@namisf.org

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