The fundamentals of caring for you and your child with mental illness.
NAMI BASICS is a free education program for parents and other care givers of children/adolescents living with mental illness. NAMI drew on course elements which have been extensively tested and found to be highly effective.
These elements include:
- Recognition of mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family
- Sensitivity to the subjective emotional issues faced by family caregivers and well children in the family
- Recognition of the need to help reduce the day-to-day objective burdens of care and management
- Gaining confidence and stamina for what can be a life-long role of family understanding and support
- Empowerment of caregivers as effective advocates for their children
The NAMI BASICS education program includes the following components:
- Six 2 1/2 hour classes of instructional material, discussions and interactive exercises
- A section of the NAMI website dedicated to disseminating information, including informational videos and resources for the program
- In addition to the core six classes, additional topic modules will be available for independent presentations
Who is this class for? This class is for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.
How long is this class? This class consists of 6 weekly educational sessions.
Who teaches this class? The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience — they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there.
What happens in the class? This class incorporates presentations, discussion, and exercises.
“The reason why this program is such a valuable resource for us is that it puts a human face on people who are living successfully with a mental illness.”
Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.