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NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a 6-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.

Although NAMI Sonoma County does not offer an in-person Basics course at this time, you may register for the online version through NAMI Basics OnDemand.

Like the in-person version, the OnDemand program is guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule.

Both formats provide identical information, strategies and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers.

Program highlights include:

  • Solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Accepting that mental health conditions are no one’s fault
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
  • Advocating for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
  • Learning about different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies 
  • Preparing for and responding to crisis
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family
  • Brain biology and getting a diagnosis

To learn more and to register for NAMI Basics OnDemand, visit

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