The Waterbury chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will sponsor the NAMI Basics Education Program, specifically for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness.  The FREE 6 week series of classes will begin evenings in Waterbury on April 24th  from 7PM to 9:30PM .

The course will cover information about ADHD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Disorders; coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medication use in the treatment of mental illness in children; listening and communication techniques; problem solving skills; and an overview of the mental health and school systems’ roles in treating children with mental illness.

The curriculum was written by an experienced family member mental health professional.  The course will be taught by two volunteers who are parents or other caregivers of individuals who developed mental illness as children.  These volunteers have taken an extensive training as course instructors. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Please call  Eileen Kulmann at 203-910-8229 or Kim Pernerewski at 203-578-5447  or email us at  For more information on NAMI Basics please visit and click on Upcoming Events then click on NAMI Basics Information Video.