Free mental health class designed to help parents |

Free mental health class designed to help parents

Submitted to The Union

Nevada County National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free class to parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with a mental health condition.

This can include, but is not limited to, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, ODD, and bipolar disorder. This class is called NAMI BASICS and is taught by parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children. BASICS is an educational program that provides learning and practical insights for families. Course elements include: the trauma of mental illness for the child and the family, getting an accurate diagnosis, treatment options, the impact of a child's mental illness on the rest of the family, and an overview of the education and juvenile justice systems.

It is not necessary that your child has received a specific diagnosis. Parents/caregivers who suspect their child is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition can benefit greatly from the course as they begin to navigate the evaluation and treatment process. Knowledge is power! NAMI BASICS offers help and hope for families and their children. Our next class begins Sept. 15 (6:30 – 9 p.m.) and runs for six consecutive weeks, through Oct. 20, and will be at a downtown Grass Valley location.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Cathy Stone at 530-272-7863.

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