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    For parents & caregivers:  The fundamentals of caring for your child or adolescent with social, behavioral or substance use; challenged with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or other emotional issues, and caring for your family and you.


    • Thursdays, January 15 – February 19, 2015 (6 weeks)
    • 6-8:30 pm
    • Site to be determined
    • FREE, open to the public (you do not need to be a member of NAMI)
    • Registration is required.

    To find out more or register, call us:
    Kay Jewell, 715-254-1864
    Catherine Severin, 715-347-1158.

    NAMI Basics is an educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with depression, anxiety, anger or other emotional issues. It is not necessary that the child have an ‘official’ diagnosis – as caregivers, you just KNOW that something is not right.  This program covers the fundamentals of caring for your child, for your family and yourself.

    As parents ourselves, we have lived similar experiences with our own children. We understand the need for information and support. That’s why we are very excited to be able to offer the NAMI Basics Program in Portage/Wood County in January, 2015.  We will offer the first class in Stevens Point.  Depending on the interest, we may offer a 2nd class later in spring, possibly in a different location. (We will explore childcare resources if the need is identified by those participating – let us know if this would be an issue for you.)

    Who Should Attend

    Any adult who is responsible for the day-to-day care of a child or adolescent living with a mental illness or serious emotional disturbance is eligible to participate.  Participants may be biological or adoptive parents, foster parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles or other relatives/friends who provide care entirely or on a routine, consistent basis. (You do not have to be a member of NAMI to attend.)

     Why You Should Attend – What You Can Expect


    • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and its impact on a person’s mind, behavior & emotions.
    • Current research on treatments including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects.
    • Material to help work with the mental health system, schools and juvenile justice system.

    Guidance and coaching 

    • How to recognize warning signs, manage crises and new ways to approach solving problems and communicating.
    • Build your confidence and strength as an effective advocate for your child.
    • Recognize the impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family, explore new ways to cope better and reasons and ways to take of yourself as well as your child and family.

    A community

    Perhaps most importantly, you will know you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all individuals and families. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others.

    What Others Have to Say About NAMI Basics

    “This class was unexpectedly wonderful! I did not expect to learn so very, very much! It covers so much more than basics that the title doesn’t do it justice.”

    “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.”

    Click here for a pdf copy of the information on NAMI Basics – NAMI-Basics-for-parents_Jan2015-class_12.08.2014

    Last updated 12/08/2014

    Where to find info for
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  • NAMI Basics - for parents etc. Time to enroll for January 15 class. Go to NAMI Basics
  • NAMI Homefront - for families of veterans/miliatry. Time to enroll for January 20 class. Go to NAMI Homefront
  • FaithNET class - Go to FaithNET