NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing signs of behavioral or mental health concerns or who have a diagnosis. 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 of parents 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.
If you are in crisis and feel the need for support, we would encourage you to attend one of our Family Support Groups until you can get into a class. Additional resources for parents can be found on our Resources page.
Classes are free, but registration is required.
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting June 2 at Austin State Hospital, 4110 Guadalupe Street, Nifty Fifty Diner, Austin – Class Full
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting July 28 (skip Sept 1) at Austin State Hospital, 4110 Guadalupe Street, Nifty Fifty Diner, Austin – Register
If the classes above do not fit your schedule, please register on our waitlist to be called when the next class is added.
If you have questions about the class, call the office at 512-420-9810 ext 1003.
What You Gain
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
Why You Should Attend
A toolkit of information
- Up-to-date information on a range of mental illnesses and their impact on the brain.
- Current research on treatments including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects.
- Preparation for interactions with the mental health care system, school system and juvenile justice system.
Training in preparedness and emotional resiliency
- Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively.
- Strategies for self-care and for navigating the challenges presented by mental illness for each family member.
- Empowerment as an effective advocate for your child.
- Confidence and stamina for life-long understanding and support.
Perhaps most importantly, as a participant you can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all families and individuals dealing with a brain disorder. The in-person group experience of NAMI Basics provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.
After Completing the Class
On average, after completing a NAMI Basics class series:
- 96% of participants reported that they could recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness
- Participants were 4.8 times more likely to know how to recognize signs of a potential relapse
- Participants were 10.5 times more likely to understand how to manage crises that may result from symptoms of mental illness
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Support for these classes provided in part by grants from: