NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a free, six week course for parents and caregivers who have a child in High School or younger (generally under the age 18) affected by a mental illness. Diagnoses discussed in the class include: childhood onset of bipolar disorder, childhood onset of schizophrenia, depression, ADD, ADHD, anxiety disorders, OCD and eating disorders. Trained family members, who have firsthand experience with the rewards and challenges of raising children with mental illnesses volunteer to teach Basics.

Course includes:

  • Discussion about how it’s not your fault
  • Information on how mental illnesses are brain disorders
  • Getting an accurate diagnosis
  • An overview of treatment options
  • Impact on family members
  • Navigating the system for your child, (school, mental health)

“What I will take away most from this class is the feeling of not being alone. The camaraderie of other parents,
hearing and sharing our stories with one another. Feeling a sense of support and encouragement from the teachers and other parents.”

– Basics Participant

“The most helpful part of this course were the facilitators. They were both very experienced, knowledgeable
and compassionate.The facilitators encouraged advocacy which was refreshing.”

– Basics Participant

Basics Flyer

Upcoming Classes

Date/Time Event
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Basics- 10/3/2019 to 11/21/19 (Skipping 10/31 & 11/14) (Thursdays) 7PM to 9:30PM - Bloomingdale (Bloomingdale Church)
Bloomingdale Church, Bloomingdale IL
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Basics- 1/2/2020 to 2/6/2020 (Thursdays) 7PM to 9:30PM - Glendale Heights (Glenside Public Library)
Glenside Public Library, Glendale Heights IL
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Basics - 1/6/2020 to 2/24/2020 (Skipping 1/20 and 2/17) (Mondays) 9:30AM to 12PM - Downers Grove (First Congregational UCC)
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Downers Grove IL
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Basics - 2/13/2020 to 3/19/2020 (Thursdays) 7PM to 9:30PM - Wheaton (Community Center)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
(Participants can register for a class up to the 2nd session/week of a class)

For more information contact:
Sara Hynes – Education & Community Training Director
630-752-0066  x 216