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NAMI Basics Helps Parents Understand Adolescent Mental Conditions

Provo Canyon School

A residential treatment center in Utah, Provo Canyon School focuses on adolescents aged 8 to 18 through programs that combine outstanding academic curricula with therapeutic treatment for behavioral and mental challenges. Provo Canyon School belongs to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which offers a variety of programs for people affected by mental illness. Educational classes include the NAMI Basics course for parents and family caregivers of children and adolescents who exhibit symptoms of a mental health condition or who have already received a diagnosis.

The free, six-week program provides a supportive and educational environment for participants in which they can connect with others with similar experiences. Instructors consist of knowledgeable professionals with firsthand experience working with adolescents with mental health conditions. Program participants will acquire a basic understanding of mental health conditions and learn effective approaches for supporting their children at home, in school, and during medical treatment. They will also learn techniques for handling stress and how to advocate for their children’s rights in school and health care settings.
NAMI Basics classes are available at NAMI chapter locations across the country. For more information, visit

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