NAMI Basics Program 

NAMI Basics is an education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.  The Basics course consists of six classes taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregiver of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.  All instruction materials are free to participants.

What does NAMI Basics cover?

The program includes an introduction to the stages of emotional reactions of the family to the mental illness and insights into understanding the experiences of the child living with the mental illness. It offers an overview of current information about various disorders, and the evidence-based, most effective treatment strategies available for various disorders, including medications used to treat mental illness in children and adolescents.

Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services, with an emphasis on personal advocates for the parent/caregiver and child on an individual level, is also included.

For more information about the program and a pilot study of its effectiveness, please visit the go to the NAMI Basics web page.