We are so committed to finding the best for our kids: the best opportunities, the best education, the best friends. What is it like to try and find the best for your child who has been diagnosed with a mental illness? How do we know what is on the horizon for them? How do we provide for them and help them see their future when so many of the struggles of today are so difficult?
There are several organizations that offer family support and the largest in the nation is the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Their Clackamas County (Oregon) Chapter is holding a series of free classes for parents and caretakers of children and adolescents who have diagnosed with mental illness before they turn 13. The class, NAMI Basics Education Program which starts in January, will cover “the fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness”.
Clackamas Basics class
January 09, 2012
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Clackamas, OR US
NAMI Basics Education Program is for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained teachers who are the parents or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of thirteen years. The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 1/2 hours. Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks. or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate the hectic schedule of parents. All instruction materials are free to participants.
For more information go to http://www.nami.org
NAMI-CC Office can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (503) 344-5050.
Be sure and check out the NAMI resources for families and youth. Even if you do not live in Oregon, this list is comprehensive and includes several online communities such as Strength of Us, a social network for teens coping with mental illness, and discussion groups for caregivers.