Friday, February 4, 2011

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is the new Signature Education Program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or caregiver of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. Class will be offered weekly. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

Watch "Understanding Mental Illness in Children" on the NAMI Basics Video page. Videos created by NAMI Minnesota and Twin Cities Public Television.

The goals of NAMI Basics are:

- To give the parent/caregiver the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their child, their family, and themselves.

- To help the parent/caregiver cope with the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family.

- To provide tools for the parent/caregiver to use even after completing the program that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child.

Upcoming NAMI Basics Class Information:

Classes will begin Thursday, March 3. They will be held at the Monroeville United Methodist Church from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania at (412) 366-3788 or email today to learn more and to register for the upcoming class.  Download the NAMI Basics flyer by clicking here.

Contributed by Lora M. Dziemiela, Program Secretary

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