NAMI Pinellas is currently offering two free, 6-course NAMI Basics classes, open to parents and caregivers of children and/or adolescents experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges, with or without a diagnosed mental health condition.  These classes will be offered on the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Monday mornings, beginning January 7th (for 6 weeks) from 10am-12:30pm @ Suncoast Center St. Petersburg, FL
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings (for 3 weeks), beginning February 19th from @ 5:30-8pm @ Campbell Park Elementary St. Petersburg, FL *childcare and dinner provided*

If you would like to sign up for NAMI Basics, please contact Sarah Miller, Program Manager at 727-826-0807 or email sdmiller@nami-pinellas.org to pre-register for this course.  Limited spaces available.

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who 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.

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.

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 and supporting resources to help you navigate these systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family