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NAMI Basics

The fundamentals of caring for you and your child with emotional difficulties of concern, such as anxieties, sleeplessness, depression, anger issues, eating disorders, and so forth.

NAMI BASICS is a free education program for parents and other caregivers 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 lifelong role of family understanding and support

* Empowerment of caregivers as active 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

Sessions are free, but registration is required. Call 903-245-4231 for more information.

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