NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens whom are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face. You'll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents. The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you're going through because they've been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

What You’ll Gain

At NAMI Basics, you'll find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Basics provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You also can help others with your own experience.

NAMI Basics covers:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • 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 current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • 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

Basics Class Schedule

A 6 week course for parents/caregivers of children with mental health or behavior disorders.

 The course balances education and skill training with emotional support and empowerment. 

For information on when the next class is starting, please call (303) 991-7688


For information on when the next class is starting, please call (720) 277-9738 or email


Colorado Springs

Tuesdays, February 5-March 12, 2019, 6-8:30 PM

Southern Colorado Springs (exact location information provided upon registration)

For more information or to register, call (719) 473-8477 or email


A Basics class will start in Denver as soon as enough people have registered.  For more information or to register, please call 303-504-6545 or  email:



For information on when the next class is starting, please contact Sheila Brockmeier at (303) 917-9131, or by email at