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NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others. NAMI Basics is available both in person and online through NAMI Basics on Demand (on Demand is provided by the NAMI national office).

The in-person course is taught by a trained team with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition. They know what you’re going through because they've been there too.

Topics Covered:

  • The impact mental health conditions can have on your entire family

  • Different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies

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

  • How to advocate for your child's rights at school and in health care settings

  • How to prepare for and respond to crisis situations (self-harm, suicide attempts, etc.)

  • The importance of taking care of yourself

  • Much, much more

By the end of the 6-week session, participants will have a packet of materials to keep for ongoing reference. This class has proven to make a positive impact on caregivers of children and their loved ones due to increased understanding of the illness, improved skills, and support from other group participants. 


Want to give back? Become a NAMI member. Membership information available at all NAMI meetings and classes or join online.

Upcoming NAMI Basics Classes

Click the join us button below to jump to the registration page which lists our upcoming classes.

Participation is free, but advanced registration is required for NAMI Basics to ensure we have enough materials prepared for all participants and to ensure we don't exceed class capacity.

If we have no upcoming classes that work for your schedule - be sure to request that we add you to the email list for upcoming classes. We generally host one Basics class a year, however the on Demand option is always available through NAMI's national office.

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