NAMI Basics is a 6-session class for parents, caregivers, and other family members who provide care for youth (ages 22 or younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others.


The in-person course is taught by a trained team with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition. They know what you’re going through because they've been there too.


The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours.   Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate schedules of parents. All instruction materials are FREE to participants. The goals of the program are:

  • To give the parent/caregiver the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their child, their family, and themselves
  • To help the parent/caregiver cope with the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family.
  • To provide tools for the parent/caregiver to use even after completing the program that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child.

Course elements include:

  • The trauma of mental illness for the child and the family
  • The biology of mental illness ~ getting an accurate diagnosis
  • The latest research on the medical aspects of the illness and advances in treatment
  • An overview of treatment options ~ treatment works
  • The impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family – caregivers and siblings
  • An overview of the systems involved in caring for children and teens and the importance of record keeping.


Registration Required for this Class

NAMI Basics is a FREE course. Registration is required.


To register:

  • Please contact NAMI Long Beach Area using the link below to apply for the next class. 
  • Once you have applied, we will contact you to confirm your spot in the next class and provide you with step-by-step instructions for joining the video teleconference with your computer.
  • You must receive confirmation to attend the class. 
  • Class size is limited. If our class is full, we will automatically add you to the wait list for the next class.


Next session start date to be announced.



Video teleconferencing via your laptop, tablet, or smart phone. We will provide you with step-by-step instructions how to access once you are confirmed in the class.


For more information, please contact:

NAMI Long Beach Class Coordinator

Phone: (562) 435-2264