NAMI Basics is a free six week education course for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness.  This course is taught by trained teachers who are also parents/caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

What You Should Expect

  • Fundamental information necessary for the parent/caregiver to be an effective in their day to day life.
  • Coping strategies to assist the parent/caregiver to deal with the traumatic impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family.
  • Tools for the parent/caregiver to use even after completing the program that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child.
  • Help for the parent/caregiver take the best care possible of the entire family – especially themselves.

Why You Should Attend

  • The fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness
  • Reinforcement in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance

For additional information on this program, or any of NAMI Rochester’s other offerings, please email us at or call (585) 423-1593.

Course Registration Information

Monroe County

  • July 12th – August 16th
    Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    @ NAMI Rochester Office (Map)

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