NAMI Basics

For Parents of Youth and Teens with Mental Health Conditions

Basics is a free, 6-week course 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 provides the opportunity to connect with others in similar circumstances. 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.

You Are Not Alone

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 will 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 and supporting resources to help you navigate these systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family

Registration

Registration is required for all NAMI courses. For more information about courses in your area, enter your zip code here or call the state office at 801.323.9900.

All programs start on time so we encourage you to arrive 15 minutes early so you can settle in beforehand.