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 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.
By participating in NAMI Basics, you’ll realize that you are not alone. You’ll find support and shared understanding—compassion, reinforcement and empathy from people who truly get your situation. And don’t forget: Your experiences may also help others in the course. Together, you will all learn that recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
NAMI Basics Covers:
- 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
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family members, significant others and care-givers of people living with mental illness (*see below). It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
What You’ll Gain
NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you'll learn about:
• How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
• Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
• Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
• Finding and using local supports and services
• Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
• Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
• The impact of mental illness on the entire family
Who May Attend
Family members and caregivers ages 18 years and older. This class is for adult persons only who are close to the consumer. If two parents are involved with the consumer, both are encouraged to attend.
Purpose and Emphasis
Education about persistent brain disorders and medications, coping skills, empathy for the ill, community resources, advocacy and self-care. The course is taught by families to families. It is not a therapy group. Participants must commit to 12 weeks.
*Class Applies To
Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, OCD, and co-occurring Brain Disorders and Addictive Disorders. (Drug abuse or alcoholism without a mental illness, brain injury, Alzheimer's, or criminal behavior without a mental disorder are not addressed in this class.)