*NEW CLASS!* NAMI Basics – Interest List Forming!

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens under the age of 18 who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face. You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents. The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

At NAMI Basics, you’ll find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Basics provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You also can help others with your own experience.

NAMI Basics covers:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
  • Advocating for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
  • Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family

To be added to the NAMI Basics interest list, please send an email to us at CYFLiaison@namisd.org OR call (858) 987-2980. This class is scheduled to begin in early May and run for 6 consecutive weeks.


This Free, Open Monthly support meeting is for parents, caregivers and loved ones of children and youth who have historically, currently, or need to be engaged in county funded behavioral health services. No one will be turned away!  This support group and Coaching meeting features a guest speaker who is also a Parent of one who lives with a mental illness. This meeting takes place the last Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at NAMI San Diego, 5095 Murphy Canyon Rd, Ste 320, San Diego, Ca. 92123.

RSVP requested: CYFLiaison@amisd.org or (858) 987-2980. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6-8PM, Presenter: Nichole Mendoza, Staff Attorney for Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. will speak about SSI for Children.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6-8 PM, Presenter: (TBD)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 6-8PM, Presenter: (TBD)

(*Currently we cannot provide child care but are looking for another meeting location where child care will be provided and homework/study space is available.)

FAMILY VOICE MEETING – for Families in the NORTH San Diego area.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Pizza, Salad & Conversation
St. Michael’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church *Parish Hall*
2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008
RSVP CYFLiaison@namisd.org or call (858) 987-2980


Thursday, March 30, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM,   Meeting Location: Chula Vista Public Library, South Branch, ROOM A, 389 Orange Ave, Chula Vista, CA.
RSVP CYFLiaison@namisd.org or call (858) 987-2980


March 24, 2017. Meeting Topic:  Our presenter for the Coaching portion of this meeting is the PERT (Psychiatric Emergency Response Team) team, who will discuss the ways in which they serve persons living with serious mental illness.

April 28, 2017, Meeting Topic: Melissa Lunardini, Children’s Bereavement Manager for the Center for Compassionate Care at Elizabeth Hospice, will speak about the impact of childhood grief and about how to support children who have lost a loved one.

May 26, 2017, Meeting Topic: Early Identification, Intervention and Prevention of Psychosis, a lecture by Dr. Cadenhead of CARE San Diego.

Meeting Location: 5059 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123
RSVP CYFLiaison@namisd.org or call (858) 987-2980

4-Hour Training: “WORKING TOGETHER” – In-Person & Live:

The purpose of this FREE In-Person Live 4-hour training is to help participants involved in the care and support of children, youth and families engaged in San Diego’s CYFBHSOC work efficiently together. *PLEASE NOTE: Future Training Dates will be scheduled. If you would like to be added to an interest list and be notified as soon as future dates are set, please send us an email at CYFLiaison@namisd.org or call (858) 987-2980.

March 22, 2017,  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM  *please send us an email at CYFLiaison@namisd.org or call (858) 987-2980 to RSVP.

April 13, 2017,  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM  *please send us an email at CYFLiaison@namisd.org or call (858) 987-2980 to RSVP.

Meeting Location: 5059 Murphy Canyon Road, Ste 320, San Diego, CA 92123


To learn more about this Online Training, please visit this page and click on the link in order to sign up for the next cohort of the class.