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Basics Education Program

Basics is a free 6 week course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness.  The course is taught by trained parents. The course is designed to provide the fundalmentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness.  All instruction and course materials are free for class participants.  To learn more about course content refer to the detailed listing. Or view thefact sheet and promotional flyer.

The Basics curriculum focuses on:

Where can I find Basics Education classes?

Basics classes are now being offered in communities throughout the state, including:

For more information on when the next class will be starting in your area please visit the national website and search for your local affiliate from there.


Many thanks to our 2013 Graduates!


Interested in Becoming a Basics Teacher?

If you are interested in becoming a Basics Teacher, please complete an application and contact your local affiliate connect with the local Basics Coordinator. 

Trainings are schedule upon the request of the affiliate or once sufficient interest warrants.  Those wishing to be considered as a candidate should complete an application and connect with their local affiliate.  If you are unable to reach someone with your local affiliate or have genear questions regarding NAMI proggram trainings please contact Sarah Steadman, Director of Programs at 804-285-8264 x203 or ssteadman@namivirginia.org

Who would make a good teacher? Parents or primary caregivers of a children or adolescents who began experiencing symptoms of mental health issues prior to the age of 13 (it is not necessary that the child have been formally diagnosed prior to 13), those who are at a point in their lives where they feel comfortable with the emotional issues families face and can self-disclose about their own feelings of guilt, anger, shame, etc., willing to undergo an intensive weekend training on the curriculum,  and someone who is willing to become a member of NAMI and dedicate to teaching the 15-hour course once trained.

Affiliate and Basics Program Leaders' Resources

Please make sure to check out resources on the Basics Program found under 'Resources for Strengthening your NAMI Program to help your program succeed!


Call us:(804) 285-8264
Fax us:(804) 285-8464
HelpLine:1 (888) 486-8264
General administrative questions:namiva@verizon.net
HelpLine information & resources:info@namivirginia.org

PO Box 8260, Richmond, VA 23226-0260