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NAMI BASICS  is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. 

  • The course is taught by trained and nationally certified family members

  • All instruction and course handout materials are free to class participants

  • 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

What people have to say

“NAMI Basics opened my eyes to the reality of what was happening in my home. For years, I have been on the other side helping others, and now possibly denying the degree of family dysfunction occurring. It was very hard to admit openly my difficulties. But I am very glad I did because it took me over a hurdle in dealing with them.  I refer back to the materials regularly.”

-- NAMI Gainesville Basics Participant

Pre-registration is required.  

Email us: info@namigainesville.org

Or phone us: (352) 949-6925


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NAMI offers an online option called Basics on Demand.
NAMI Basics is a six-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others.

To learn more and/or to register, click this link: 

What does the course include?

  • An introduction to the normative stages of emotional reactions of the family to the trauma of mental illness

  • Current information about Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse

  • Current research related to the biology of mental illness and the evidence-based, most effective treeatment strategies available, including medications used to treat mental illness in children and adolescents

  • Specific workshops to learn problem solving, listening and communication skills

  • Strategies in handling challenging behaviors in children and adolescents

  • Information about the systems that are major players in the lives of children and adolescents with mental illness – the school system and the mental health system

  • Exposure to personal record keeping systems that have proven to be effective for parents/caregivers in their interactions with the school and healthcare systems

  •  Information on planning for crisis management and relapse

  •  Information on locating appropriate supports and services within the community

  •  Insights into an emphatic understanding of the subjective, lived experience of the child living with the mental illness

  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services, with an emphasis on personal advocates for the parent/caregiver and child on an individual level