NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens whom are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face. 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. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents. The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you're going through because they've been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

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 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
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family

Basics Class Schedule

For Information call (303) 991-7688.
A Basics Class will be offered in September 2017. For more information, please contact Helen Todd at or 303-601-4330. 
Colorado Springs
Mondays, September 11 through October 16, 2017 from 11:30am-2pm; Central Colorado Springs location
Wednesdays, October 11 through November 15, 2017 from 6-8:30pm; Central Colorado Springs location
Registration is REQUIRED. Call 719-473-8477 or email for location information.
For Information contact Edie at 720-939-0686
For Information Contact Betty at
or (970)389-0808.