NAMI Basics Education Program

The fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness

NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and
adolescents living with mental illnesses.  Development of this program was based on the success of other
NAMI signature education programs for consumers and families available across the country.  NAMI drew on
course elements which have been extensively tested and found to be highly effective in the field.  These
elements include:  
recognition of mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family;
sensitivity to the subjective emotional issues faced by family caregivers and well children in the family;
recognition of the need to help ameliorate the day-to-day objective burdens of care and management;
gaining confidence and stamina for what can be a life-long role of family understanding and support; and
empowerment of family caregivers as effective advocates for their children.  
The process of emotional learning and practical insight for families occurs most readily, and dependably, on
the guided group process which takes place when individual family members are in a class together.  This
program will also take advantage of advancing technology which allows programs to virtually connect
families and provides broader access to vitally important information.

2013 Class Schedule (Still planning more this year)


Starting July 11, 2013 for six weeks.

Those dates include: July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 8, and 15

Grace United Church of Christ

8326 Mexico Rd.

St. Peters, MO  63376

6:00-8:30 p.m.

For St. Charles County residents only


Starting July 11, 2013 for six weeks.

Those dates include:  July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 8, 15

Trinity Lutheran Church

1307 Boone St.

Troy, MO 63379

6:30-9:00 p.m.

For Lincoln County residents only

If you are interested in taking this class please call Joyce Johnston @ 636.940.7440 or jjohnston@namistl.
org.  This class is considered life-changing for those who take it.  Call or e-mail today so that I can schedule
around you!  Childcare is provided at no charge to you!  The class and all materials are provided free of

“The NAMI Basics class could just as easily be named an empowerment course for caregivers.  While the
class addresses the grieving process inherent in caring for a child with mental illness, it moves the participant
beyond a state of despair and into action.  NAMI Basics provides tangible skills and tools to manage the day-
to-day processes of not only coping but functioning in a positive way.  Additionally, the class recognizes that
the illness encompasses and affects the entire family dynamic and therefore addresses those needs as well.  
The course further prepares caregivers for future potential issues, enabling them to be in a position of
strength and readiness.” Quote from parent who took the class


Each Basics Course is:

6 classes, 2 1/2 hours each, offered either weekly or as muliple classes per week
Childcare is provided at no expense to you
Offered FREE of charge
Taught by trained NAMI family members who have children with mental illness
Follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by families dealing with a child or teen with mental
Course elements include:

The trauma of mental ilness for the child and 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
To sign up for a Basics class, contact:

Joyce Johnston - 314.962.4670 or

636-940-7440 or 1-877-724-2977

Monthly Family Support Groups are also available.  Please check the Support Group Events for times and

What People are saying about NAMI Basics

"The course is inclusive of almost all aspects of family and child and resources. I could have spent a lifetime
getting all this information on my own. I feel supported, strong and ready to go forward."

"This is such a great step by step program that walks parents every step of the way. It is as if you are holding their
hand through it all."

Family to Family  EDUCATION COURSE
Free Classes for family and friends of persons with

This course provides insights into, and resolution of, the profound concerns experienced by families, close
relatives, and any caregivers as they strive to cope with the realities of serious mental illness.  
These caregivers not only learn a wide range of information about serious mental illness, they also learn to
understand how living with these conditions affects their loved one.

Each Family to Family course is:
Offered FREE of charge
Meets weekly for 12 weeks
Taught by trained NAMI family members who have relatives with mental illness
Follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by families dealing with mental illness

Family to Family addresses the clinical treatment of brain disorders and teaches the knowledge and skills
family members need to cope more effectively, using a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and
structured group processes. Learn listening and communication techniques, problem solving, limit setting,
handling crisis and relapse, and information about meds and community services.

Trinity Lutheran Church
1307 Boone St.
Troy, MO 63379
starting Sept. 5, 2013 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.

More classes are forming, so call now to reserve a slot.  
The classes will fill quickly!  
Contact Joyce at 314.962.4670 or

NAMI St. Louis
1750 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Brentwood, MO
Phone: (314)962-4670
Phone 2: (636)940-7440
Fax: (314)962-4678
Web Page:

2nd Thursday of Each Month

THE HEIGHTS (Richmond Heights Community Center)
8001 DALE AVE.
(Hwy. I-40/64. Exit Hanley Road South. Turn East at first light. Bus line located nearby.)

Noon- 1:00 pm.  Please bring your own lunch.  
We will provide drinks and cookies with RSVP to 314.962.4670

August 8, 2013   Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Topic:  “How to Have Hard Conversations Like a Pro”

Speaker:  Dara M. Strickland, Attorney-at-Law

Dara is an attorney in private solo practice in the St. Louis area who helps families of all kinds
navigate the legal system, both through helping with divorce, child custody, and adoption and with
planning for the future with wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. Dara particularly enjoys working
with families where one or more members face a struggle with mental illness because of the
special considerations and creative, flexible planning they need. Dara is a 2007 graduate of the
School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis and is licensed to practice in the State of

As an attorney, a lot of my job is helping people have hard conversations. What do you want your
spouse to tell your doctors to do if you’re in a coma? Who is the best person to manage the
money you’re putting aside as a windfall for your very intelligent, mentally ill adult son? Over years
of facilitating these tough conversations, I’ve come up with some steps that make them more
productive and less painful for all involved, and I'd like to share those steps with you.

NAMI St. Louis~1750 S. Brentwood Blvd.~St. Louis, MO 63144

The NAMI office is located on the 5th floor of the Jos. H. White Building (Building with American Flag on top).  Free parking (you will need
a token from Staff) is on the "Upper Deck".   Entrance to lot is on the corner of Brentwood Blvd. and Rose Ave.  There is a staircase from
the lot to the lobby of the building.  

From Highway 64/40 East bound or West bound, exit at Brentwood Blvd. turn left onto Rose Ave. at the second stop light.    Immediately
go up the ramp on the right to enter the Upper deck parking.

From Highway 44 (East Bound), exit at Elm Ave. turn left at Kirkham and Kirkham changes to Brentwood Blvd. Continue to Brentwood to
Rose Ave.    As you are turning onto Rose Ave. go up the ramp on the right to the Upper deck parking.
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Trainings will be held at the NAMI St. Louis Brentwood Office located at:
1750 S Brentwood Blvd, Suite 511    St. Louis, MO 63144

June 17-18

July 1-2

July 25-26

August 5-6

August 29-30

Attendance is required on both days~Pre-registration required. Call 1-877-724-2977
No cost for workshop. One hour allowed for lunch break. You may Bring your own lunch.

One in four Americans lives with a mental health problem each year. Yet, far too many – up to two-
thirds – go without treatment.   Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist
an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist
someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

About the Course
The Mental Health First Aid program is an interactive session which runs for two days.  Mental Health
First Aid certification must be renewed every three years, and introduces participants to risk factors
and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews
common treatments.

Specifically, participants learn:
The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including:
depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use
disorders, and self-injury
An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for
reduced stigma in their communities

A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to
select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with
appropriate professional care  
The appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a
mental health problem.
Who should sign-up to be a Mental Health First Aider?
Specific audiences for each training vary, but include hospitals and federally qualified health centers,
state policymakers, employers and chambers of commerce, faith communities, school personnel,
state police and corrections staff, nursing home staff, mental health support staff, young people,
families and the general public.  

Interested in this Mental Health First Aid Training?

To register for this class contact Joyce A. Johnston  
1.877.724.2977 or
How To Address Depression
By Suzanne Hogan and Matthew Long-Middleton

According to the CDC 1 in 10 adults report being depressed and 11% of Americans over 12 years old take some
form of antidepressant medication.  Depression –is a mental disorder that is more severe than just sad feelings.  It
can last long periods of time, include feelings of hopelessness and uselessness. Cause chronic pain, headaches,
sleeping and eating disorders, and thoughts of suicide.  Depression makes day to day life seem pointless or
impossible to handle.

Dr. Bruce Liese, a psychologist at KU Medical Center, explores the various elements of depression from diagnosis
to treatment through to recovery.

One hour radio discussion archived on Central Standard  NPR
Central Standard       4:32 pm        Tue May 7, 2013

Central Standard NPR KCUR
Monday - Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Each weekday morning Central Standard looks at the different worlds within Kansas City. Regular topics include
personal finance, information technology, the environment, music, cognitive therapy and the arts.

A Nationwide Community Mental Health Center

As a private psychotherapist, Paul Fugelsang, MA, LPC, understands the struggle between saying
“yes” to middle-class clients who can't afford his services and “no” to people in need.

Making Therapy Affordable: The Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

A path to wellness
We're a network of mental health professionals dedicated to helping individuals, families, children, and couples find
affordable psychotherapy.
Dysthymia (dis-THIE-me-uh) is a mild but long-term (chronic) form of depression.
Symptoms usually last for at least two years, and often for much longer than that.
Dysthymia interferes with your ability to function and enjoy life.
(Defined by the Mayo Clinic Staff.)

With dysthymia, you may lose interest in normal daily activities, feel hopeless, lack productivity, and
have low self-esteem and an overall feeling of inadequacy. People with dysthymia are often thought
of as being overly critical, constantly complaining and incapable of having fun.
Symptoms of Dysthymia
Loss of interest in daily activities
Sadness or feeling down
Tiredness and lack of energy
Low self-esteem, self-criticism or feeling incapable
Trouble concentrating and trouble making decisions
Irritability or excessive anger
Decreased activity, effectiveness and productivity
Avoidance of social activities
Feelings of guilt and worries over the past
Poor appetite or overeating
Sleep problems

In children, dysthymia sometimes occurs along with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioral or learning
disorders, anxiety disorders, or developmental disabilities. Examples of dysthymia symptoms in children include:
Behavior problems
Poor school performance
Pessimistic attitude
Poor social skills
Low self-esteem

Dysthymia symptoms usually come and go over a period of years, and their intensity can change over time. But typically
symptoms don't disappear for more than two months at a time. In general, you may find it hard to be upbeat even on happy
occasions — you may be described as having a gloomy personality.

When dysthymia starts before age 21, it's called early-onset dysthymia. When it starts after that, it's called late-onset

When to see a doctor
It's perfectly normal to feel sad or upset sometimes or to be unhappy with stressful situations in your life. But with dysthymia,
these feelings last for years and interfere with your relationships, work and daily activities.

Because these feelings have gone on for such a long time, you may think they'll always be part of your life. But if you have any
symptoms of dysthymia, seek medical help. If not effectively treated, dysthymia commonly progresses into major depression.
Sometimes, a major depression episode occurs in addition to dysthymia — this is called double depression.

Talk to your primary care doctor about your symptoms. Or seek help directly from a mental health provider. If you're reluctant
to see a mental health professional, reach out to someone else who may be able to help guide you to treatment, whether it's a
friend or loved one, a teacher, a faith leader, or someone else you trust.

These References, DVDs, CDs, and manuals are available for purchase on-line.
Click on underlined title to get more information and/ purchase.

Understanding Depression REBT DVD      31 min, cc
REBT Depression Pamphlet
REBT Depression Workbook

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR
Paperback, 886 pages Hazelden

DSM IV Made Easy (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis
Hardcover, 317 pages  Hazelden

Working in the Dark
Keeping Your Job While Dealing with Depression
Softcover, 168 pp.
Author: Fawn Fitter
Author: Beth Gulas
Item: 1806
Publisher: Hazelden
Published Year: 2002

Problems concentrating. Loss of energy. Feelings of worthlessness. Difficulty making decisions.
Each year, an estimated 11 million Americans experience a major depressive episode. Keeping a job
while struggling to regain one's health is one of the most difficult and delicate aspects of recovery
from depression. Authors Fawn Fitter and Beth Gulas provide a reassuring, informative guide to
dealing with depression on the job. They address questions such as: Should I ask my boss for time
off? Should I tell my colleagues about my depression? Are my treatment records confidential? With
self-assessment tools and decision-making guidance, this book is a first-of-its-kind resource for
millions of Americans faced with the hardship of working through depression.
Key features and benefits
identifies and addresses key concerns related to depression in the workplace
provides immediately useful information and advice for readers
inspired by one of the author's personal experiences with major depression
The Other Side
50th Anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act Video
National Council for Behavioral Health

"The Other Side" is an evocative rendition of the journey from despair and loneliness to hope and
community, as told by those who've recovered from mental illness and addictions.
Share the message that recovery is possible and that community supports for people with
addictions and mental illness make a difference