NAMI Western Slope
Office: 970-462-3989

Mind Springs Health Crisis Line: 1-888-207-4004

National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

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Education for Parents of Children and Adolescents

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NAMI WS offers an educational program to parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness and/or serious emotional disorders collectively described as "brain disorders".

This 5 week course is aimed to give information to parents and caregivers of children with brain disorders.
This is a family member-to-family member course.
The course gives family members and caregivers the opportunity to share mutual experiences and learn valuable lessons from one another.

Course Topics
  • Introduction/Brain Biology
  • ADD/ADHD, PDD/Autism, Tourette’s Disorder,  Conduct Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorder, Eating Disorders
  • Early Onset Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective
  • Organization of Data and Record Keeping
  • Coping and Self Care
  • Rehabilitation, Recovery, and Transition 
  • Anxiety Disorders
    • Obsessive-Compulsive
    • Post-Traumatic Stress
    • Separation Anxiety
    • Panic
    • Phobia
    • Generalized Anxiety
  • Empathy & Sharing Our Unique Life Experiences
  • Communication - With Each Other and With Our Children 
  • Problem Management
  • Advocacy, Judicial, and Stigma  

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Not only adults become depressed. Children and teenagers also may have depression, which is a treatable illness. Depression is defined as an illness when the feelings of depression persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function. About 5 percent of children and adolescents in the general population suffer from depression at any given point in time. Children under stress, who experience loss, or who have attentional, learning, conduct or anxiety disorders are at a higher risk for depression. Depression also tends to run in families. The behavior of depressed children and teenagers may differ from the behavior of depressed adults. Child and adolescent psychiatrists advise parents to be aware of signs of depression in their youngsters.  If one or more of these signs of depression persist, parents should seek help:

  •  Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying
  •  Hopelessness
  •  Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
  •  Persistent boredom; low energy
  •  Social isolation, poor communication
  •  Low self esteem and guilt
  •  Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
  •  Increased irritability, anger, or hostility
  •  Difficulty with relationships
  •  Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches
  •  Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school
  •  Poor concentration
  •  A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
  •  Talk of or efforts to run away from home
  •  Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self destructive behavior


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