NAMI Basics On Demand is a free online class for parents, guardians and other family caregivers who provide care for youth (age 22 or younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. The program is self-paced and available 24/7, and is guided by parents and family members with lived experiences. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others.
NAMI Basics covers:
The impact mental health conditions can have on your entire family
Different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies
An overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and resources to help you navigate these systems
How to advocate for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
How to prepare for and respond to crisis situations (self-harm, suicide attempts, etc)
The importance of taking care of yourself
Much, much more
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. The course is designed specifically to help these families understand those challenges and improve their ability to support their service member or veteran.
NAMI Homefront is offered in two formats: in person, and online.
In person classes:
Facilitator/registration: Contact Ann Canastra 315-412-3029 to register
Dates: Please contact Ann Canastra for information.
NAMI Homefront Online is offered in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.
NAMI Family to Family
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family members, significant others, and friends of people living with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.
NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. This program not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
2020 Class Schedule
Spring / Summer 2020 – in progress
Fall 2020 – virtual (Zoom) sessions to be planned, based on demand
Click here to register for an upcoming course.
The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. Sharing your own experience may help others in your class. In the program, you’ll learn about:
How to solve problems and communicate effectively
Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
Supporting your loved one with compassion
Finding and using local supports and services
Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
How to handle a crisis
Current treatments and therapies
The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family