Training Spotlight: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Basics OnDemand 

The economic recession, racial injustice and the global pandemic are all having a profound impact on the mental health of children. Age, direct experience, and pre-existing conditions are all factors that can compound the effects of current events on children’s mental health. 

NAMI Basics OnDemand, offered free by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a six-session online education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth ages 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. NAMI Basics OnDemand is an adaptation of the in-person course offered in 43 states by NAMI affiliates. 

Register for the program at https://basics.nami.orgThe program is divided into six sessions, including: 

  • Basic elements of coping with mental health conditions 
  • Brain biology and getting a diagnosis 
  • Communication skills and crisis preparation 
  • Treatment and connecting with others by sharing your story 
  • Navigating the mental health and education systems 
  • Self-care and advocacy  

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.