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. At NAMI Basics, you'll find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Basics provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You also can help others with your own experience.
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
Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family
NEW! Basics OnDemand
CLICK HERE to register for NAMI's new and free online course for parents and caregivers of youth with mental health conditions or symptoms.
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