Your family experience can help change lives!

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child with mental health issues? Your lived experience can help families in crisis feel supported and give them the tools they need to maintain recovery.

Consider becoming a NAMI Basics teacher. We are hosting a free training June 2 and 3 led by Dr. Teri Brister, who developed the Basics education program for NAMI National. No previous teaching experience is necessary, and NAMI Oregon will cover the costs of all training and materials.

NAMI Basics is a 6-week course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. As a NAMI Basics teacher, your experience can give families the support and strength they need to know they are not alone, and empower them to advocate for their children in school, in the mental health system, and other public systems that can be hard to navigate.

Please consider volunteering to support this crucial program today!

The free training will be held June 2-3 at the Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center in Oregon City. Lodging and other travel expenses will be covered by NAMI Oregon for trainees coming from outside the Portland metro area.

To read more about NAMI Basics, visit:

The training application and schedule are available on the Trainings page of the NAMI Oregon website

For questions, contact NAMI Oregon Education Programs Manager Peter Link, (, 503-230-8009.)