NAMI Basics taught by parents who’ve ‘been there’ – Davis Enterprise

NAMI Yolo Announcing NAMI Basics for Families with Children and Youth Experiencing Emotional/Behavioral Difficulties.

The Yolo chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering the NAMI Basics education program designed for parents and other caregivers of children and youths who experience emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Free classes will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 13 through March 20 in Woodland.

Taught by volunteers with lived experience (parents who have “been there”), this course provides strategies for taking care of children with mental illness. Participants learn about the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the role that families plan in their treatment.

The course will cover attention deficit disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, childhood schizophrenia, disordered eating, self-mutilation (cutting) and substance abuse disorders.

The course does not specifically address developmental disabilities, autism, brain injuries or other permanently disabling disorders. Information about these disorders is included in the “additional resources” sections of the course.

Participants learn about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side-effects. They are given an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and learn how to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively.

In addition to discussions of the clinical treatment of mental illnesses, guidance will be given on locating appropriate supports and services within the community.

Participants gain the knowledge and skills needed to cope effectively with the impacts that mental illness has on their child and family as they gain tools for making the best decisions possible for their child’s care.

During the class, participants also learn to take care of themselves and to handle stress as they develop the confidence and stamina to support their child with compassion. They also gain an understanding of the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family and learn how to advocate for their child’s rights at school and in health care settings.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call 530-756-8181 or email [email protected]