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NAMI Basics: New Study on the Importance of Education and Support

NAMI is pleased to announce the publication of a recent research study on the NAMI Basics Education Program in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. The study was conducted in collaboration with NAMI Mississippi and NAMI Tennessee between 2008 and 2010 and found that NAMI Basics produces “significant improvement” for families in communication and coping skills.

Specifically, the study found that:

Parents and caregivers who participated in the study reported improvements in self-care and empowerment, based on information and about resources, parenting strategies and self-advocacy.
Participants “also experienced a reduction in inflammatory communications,” through control of anger, preemption of problems and being highly specific about expectations.
Participants did not report changes in “affirmational communications” within the family. However, this may simply reflect the emphasis of the curriculum.

NAMI Basics is now available in 36 states. To see the complete study please visit the NAMI Basics Web page.



NAMI Basics Education Program
The fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness

What is NAMI Basics?

NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.  The program was developed around elements that have been extensively tested and found to be highly effective in the field, including:

Recognition of mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family
Sensitivity to the subjective emotional issues faced by family caregivers and well children in the family
Recognition of the need to help ameliorate the day-to-day objective burdens of care and management
Gaining confidence and stamina for what can be a lifelong role of family understanding and support
Empowerment of family caregivers as effective advocates for their children

The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.  All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.

What are the goals of the NAMI Basics program?

  1. To give the parent/caregiver the fundamental information necessary to be an effective caregiver.
  2. To help the parent/caregiver cope with the traumatic impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family.
  3. To provide 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.
  4. To help the parent/caregiver take the best care possible of the entire family – especially themselves.

What does the course include?