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NAMI Course Offers Hope to Parents

NAMI Basics Class Offers Hope to Parents

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of DuPage County and DeKalb, South-Kane and Kendall Counties will offer the NAMI Basics Course in Aurora. The course will meet for six consecutive Sundays at Provena Mercy Medical Center, April 15 – May 20, from 2:00 – 4:30pm.

NAMI Basics is a free, peer-directed education program developed specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental illness or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.

Some of the topics covered are mental illnesses as brain disorders, getting an accurate diagnosis, treatment options, the impact on the family, and how to navigate the system (school, mental health) for your child.

Past participants have said: “The most beneficial part was knowing that I am not alone on the road of mental illness;.” “Understanding the rights of children with mental illness at school was very informative and helpful;” and “The materials were excellent. Lots of resources to tap into.”

While NAMI Basics is an educational course, NAMI DuPage also has a parent support group at their Wheaton office, 2100 Manchester Road, Building B, Suite 925.

For information on NAMI Basics or the support group, or to register for the course,
call the NAMI DuPage office at (630) 752-0066, ext. 210, or go to www.namidupage.org.

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