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

NAMI 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.

We are also happy to announce that:

The national organization of NAMI has released an online version of the course, called NAMI Basics OnDemand.  NAMI recognizes that parents of youth with emotional, behavioral or mental health issues are sometimes unable to get to an in person six-week course.  NAMI Basics OnDemand allows caregivers to access the six-session course at any time, and stop and resume when it is convenient.  It offers both the educational components as well as the opportunity to share stories with other caregivers, in an online format.

Follow the link to participate in this free course: NAMI Basics OnDemand.


NAMI San Francisco would love to get your feedback on this new online course! Email Mary Lee at with your thoughts.  

*Please note:* The online version of the course does not replace the free in person course and NAMI San Francisco will be scheduling spring 2020 courses in Spanish and English. Family caregivers are welcome to participate in both Basics OnDemand and the in person course!

To be notified of upcoming in person courses please fill out this form.




Upcoming Classes:    NAMI Basics Class in Spanish

When:       Wednesdays 10am-1pm

                   February 12th-March 25th     *no class on March 11


Where:      Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

                   1663 Mission Street

                   San Francisco


Space is limited.  Registration is required.  

Contact Support for Families 415-920-5040 or


**Free childcare available on site. 

Clase gratuita para padres y cuidadores en la familia de niños y adolescentes con retos de comportamiento y emocionales.


NAMI Basics es un programa de educación de 6 sesiones para padres, guardianes y otros miembros de la familia que tienen niños, adolescentes o jóvenes (menores de 22 años) que están experimentando preocupaciones de comportamiento, emocionales o de salud mental.

¡La clase es facilitada por un equipo entrenado con experiencia propia, ellos saben por lo que tú y tu familia están pasando porque han estado ahí!

Facilitadores:     Olga Maldonado y Tim Carter

Cuando:             miércoles 10:00am – 1:00pm
                            Febrero 12, 2020 - marzo 25, 2020. *No hay clase en marzo 11*

Donde:               Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

                           1663 Mission Street, suite 700 * San Francisco * California * 94103


Se requiere que estés registrado/a para participar, si tienes preguntas o para registrarte llama a Support for Families al: 415-920-5040

**Cuidado de niños limitado, con registración previa


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