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The fundamentals of caring for you and your child with mental illness.

NAMI BASICS is a free new education program for parents and other care givers of children/adolescents living with mental illness. NAMI drew on course elements which have been extensively tested and found to be highly effective.

These elements include:

* Recognition of mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family

* Sensitivity to the subjective emotional issues faced by family caregivers and well children in the family

* Recognition of the need to help reduce the day-to-day objective burdens of care and management

* Gaining confidence and stamina for what can be a life-long role of family understanding and support

* Empowerment of caregivers as effective advocates for their children

The NAMI BASICS education program includes the following components:

* Six 2 1/2 hour classes of instructional material, discussions and interactive exercises

* A section of the NAMI website dedicated to disseminating information, including informational videos and resources for the program

* In addition to the core six classes, additional topic modules will be available for independent presentations

FORMING CLASSES NOW!!

For more information or to register, contact Christine Reasoner, at creasoner@naminky.org, or 859-392-1730

 

What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?

  • The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
  • The course is taught by trained family members
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

 

What does the course include?

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

 

FORMING CLASSES NOW!!

For information or to register contact: Christine Reasoner, at creasoner@naminky.org, or 859-392-1730.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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