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NAMI Basics for Parents & Caregivers NORTH COUNTY SD - Sept 2019 Sat class

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NAMI San Diego at Live Well San Diego

1701 Mission Ave

Oceanside, CA 92058

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What is the NAMI Basics Education Program for Parents and Caregivers?

NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents UNDER AGE 18 with emotional and behavioral difficulties. This class takes place over 6 consequitive Saturday mornings, where the class material builds on what was learned in previous classes. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13.

NAMI San Diego is now offering this program to parents and caregivers to help them understand the impact that mental health conditions have on the youth as well as the family.

Please Note: The course material builds on each class, so participants are asked to attend ALL classes in the session. The first session meets on Saturday, September 7, 2019 with the final session on October 12, 2019.

Family Participant Perspectives

  • “This is such a great step by step program that walks parents every step of the way. It is as if you are holding their hand through it all.”

  • “The course is inclusive of almost all aspects of family and child resources. I could have spent a lifetime getting all this information on my own. I feel supported, strong and ready to go forward.”

  • “NAMI Basics bridges the gap. It provides help that can’t be found in a doctor’s office.”

What You’ll Gain

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 can 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 healthcare 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


How do I know if this class is right for me?

This class is designed for parents, grandparents and caregivers of youth UNDER 18 years of age who lives with mental illness or is experiencing challenging and/or behavioral health concerns.

If your child /loved one does not have a diagnosis, but you are very concerned about their behavior and need to learn ways you can best support them at home, in school, and in their transition to adulthood, this course is right for you.

My child / loved one is OVER AGE 18. Can I still take this course?

No. The NAMI Basics for Parents and Caregivers course is ONLY for families with youth UNDER AGE 18. This course covers many concerns families of younger children face that families with older children are no longer facing, such as navigating the school system and childhood development issues. Participants with loved ones over age 18 as well as transition age youth , or "TAY" (ages 18 through 25) are warmly invited to take NAMI's Family to Family course. More information about the Family to Family course can be found on the NAMI San Diego website HERE.

If I am a professional caregiver, can I attend this NAMI Basics for Parents class?

No. We never allow anyone into our signature peer education programs (Basics, Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, or Homefront) who do not have direct lived experience. This is in order to ensure a safe, judgment-free environment for all participants so they may be open and honest about their experiences and challenges. We do, however, have an opportunity for professionals called NAMI Basics for Professionals, designed to provide professionals an opportunity to understand the impact that mental health conditions have on the youth as well as the families they serve.

What if I have more questions about this course?

Contact Valerie Hebert, CYF Liaison Program Manager and NAMI Basics Instructor at or 858-634-6580 x 120, or call/text 858-987-2980.

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NAMI San Diego at Live Well San Diego

1701 Mission Ave

Oceanside, CA 92058

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