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Training set for mental health caregivers

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The Kerrville area affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will sponsor a series of free “how-to” classes for parents, guardians and caregivers who provide care for adolescents and children experiencing mental health symptoms or illness, a news release from the alliance said.

Taught by two trained NAMI members, the six-session program is called Basics. There is no fee to attend the classes, and the class size is limited to 12 people.

“The NAMI Basics classes follow a curriculum provided by the national NAMI organization,” said Denise LeMeilleur, president of the NAMI-Kerrville board. “NAMI Basics seeks to educate parents, guardians, and others who provide care for youth age 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. Our goal is to provide mental health support in the community.”

NAMI Basics training is scheduled for three consecutive weekends beginning Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, and continuing on the Fridays and Saturdays the two weeks afterwards. Classes will meet from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

All classes will meet in the Conference Room of the Baptist Child and Family Services Building, 1105 Main St. in Kerrville.

To register or for more information, contact Melanie Dawson at 830-890-8499 or email

NAMI-Kerrville is an affiliate of both the NAMI-Texas and NAMI-U.S. National Alliance on Mental Illness, which are focused on supporting families who are caregivers, educating families and the community about mental illness, advocating for public policy, and supporting research. The Kerrville affiliate, a nonprofit organized in 1989, serves communities in Kerr and surrounding counties.