What Is NAMI?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nationís largest grassroots mental health organization, established in 1979 for mental health clients and their families as a self-help organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy to anyone affected by persistent biologically based brain disorders or mental illnesses.

There are 220,000 NAMI members nationwide with 1200 affiliates throughout the nation. NAMI-Montgomery County is a chapter of NAMI Ohio joining around 60 other state affiliates. The state coalition represents an important link in efforts to improve the quality of life for those with mental illness by implementing and integrating services and policies determined at the state level.

Mental illnesses are real diseases causing disturbances in feeling, relating or thinking. These disorders do not discriminate, affecting people of all ages, races, cultures and socioeconomic classes. One out of every four families in America has a member who suffers from a serious mental illness. Two out of every 100 young adults will be affected by serious brain diseases between the ages of 18 and 30.

NAMI advocates at the local, state and national level for a system of adequate care and for increased support for research from the federal government and from private sources.

 

Strides for Mental Health

Strides for Mental Health is a 5K walk to bring mental health awareness. Strides will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the VA Medical Center. For more information and to register, visit this page.

 

NAMI of Montgomery County, Ohio Is on Facebook

Visit our Facebook page.

 

WHIO Reports on the Mental Health of Incarcerated People

(If the video does not appear, right click (Windows) / control click (Mac) on the puzzle piece and then click on "Run this plugin")

 

Ending the Stigma about Mental Illness

Doug Jones is helping NAMI to end the stigma about mental illness with four leaf clovers. Read the full story here.

 

Donate through PayPal

You can make donations to NAMI of Montgomery County Ohio through PayPal.

 

Register for Programs Online

You can register for NAMI of Montgomery County's educational programs online. Visit the Programs page for descriptions of available programs. A link to the registration form is at the bottom of each description or here.

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CLASSES

 

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 and a half hours. Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate the hectic schedules of parents. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

 

Family-to-Family Education Program

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for families of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses.) The course is taught by trained family members. Registration for this program is required. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to family education
  • Symptoms of schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder; getting through critical periods of crisis
  • Subtypes of depression and bipolar disorder; panic disorder and OCD; telling our stories
  • Basics about brain biology and the causes of brain disorders
  • Problem solving workshop
  • Medication review
  • Empathy: Inside mental illness
  • Communication skills workshop
  • Self-care
  • Rehabilitation; Making choices for recovery
  • Fighting stigma; Advocacy
  • Evaluation, certification, and celebration

 

KidShop

KidShop is our free program for children in 1st to 12th grade. We run two separate programs:

  • Children who do not have a mental health diagnosis themselves but have a sibling or parent with a diagnosis
  • Children that do have a mental health diagnosis.

This program runs the first Saturday of every month starting at 10 AM and running until 2 PM. Lunch is provided at no cost to the participant.

 

Peer-to-Peer

Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. Peer-to-Peer consists of 10, two-hour sessions taught by a team of two trained "mentors" who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. Registration is required for participation in this course.

Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources including:

  • An Advance Directive
  • Relapse Prevention Plan
  • Overview of the Brain
  • More knowledge into various diagnoses
  • Mindfulness Exercises
  • Survival Skills for working with providers
  • Chance to tell your story
  • Other patterns of relating to family and friends

 

Progression

Progression is a six week educational course for teens 13 to 18 that have a mental health diagnosis. Progression starts in February of 2016.

This course will cover the topics:

  • Emotional stages of recovery
  • Recovery and progression
  • Stigma
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Self-medication
  • Safety plans
  • Types of doctors and treatments
  • Helping loved ones understand
  • Recognizing early warning signs and patterns
  • Medications and coping with side effects
  • Tools for recovery
  • Mindfulness
  • Thinking about the future
  • and more...

Progression is offered free of charge but pre-registration is required. There is an application and interview process to verify that this program is appropriate for the individual.

Progression is taught by peers, that have mental health diagnosis and are now living in recovery. The course meets weekly for six weeks.

 

NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.

The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.