National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County announces a free six-week NAMI Basics program for parents and family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral issues. The course will be held via Zoom from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning May 24.

NAMI Basics is taught by NAMI-trained teachers who are parents or caregivers of children with similar issues. Participants will learn communication tips, how to problem-solve, and the skills to help them cope with the emotional impact of caring for their child.

Space is limited. To register or learn more, contact Melissa Helm at 413-443-1136 or

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.