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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.

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.

NAMI Basics OnDemand:

The national organization of NAMI has released an online version of the course, called NAMI Basics OnDemand

For specific questions, please contact ashley@namisf.org

Please sign up here to be notified when the next class is scheduled!