NAMI Montgomery County offers the following free programs:

Be sure to check the calendar for cancellations!

Education Classes & Support Groups

NAMI Basics is the new signature 6-week 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.

LOCATION CHANGE: TBD. Class will meet from 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm


Next class will be offered in March 2020.

Please register to inform us that you are interested in this class.

Registration for this program is required.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who've been there.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. Location information is provided below:

The Castle

133 Main Street, Centerville, OH

ONCE A MONTH on Monday (usually the last Monday),

10:30 am to Noon,

Next meeting scheduled for November 25th, 2020

See calendar to confirm date.

Christ United Methodist Church

3440 Shroyer Road, Rejoice Hall, Kettering, OH

Every Monday - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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. Topics covered include: Introduction to family education; symptoms of schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder; critical periods; subtypes within disorders; panic disorder and OCD; medication review; self-care, and more!

Location information:

Christ Church United Methodist

3440 Shroyer Road, Room 204, Kettering

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Registration for this program is required.

12 week class will run Fridays, March 6th through May 22nd.

Please register to inform us that you are interested in this class. You will be notified 2 weeks before class begins.

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard, and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You'll benefit through other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and learn now to identify local resources and how to use them.

Location Information:

Empowerment Life Center
305 Edgewood Avenue, Dayton, OH
First Wednesday of each month
7:00 to 8:30 pm

Christ United Methodist Church

3440 Shroyer Rd, Kettering, OH

First Thursday of each month

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

NAMI Homefront is a 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.

Class will be scheduled when there are a minimum of six students. Please register to inform us that you are interested in this class.

Key features of In Loving Arms:

  • This is a specialized support opportunity for those who have a spouse/partner living with a mental illness.
  • In Loving Arms was created due to the unique circumstances faced when living with a partner’s mental illness.
  • Issues covered in scheduled personal sessions involve parenting, giving and receiving support, and other issues uniquely faced by partners of those affected with a mental illness.

Please contact the office at 937-299-3667 to set up a private appointment.

A free presentation given by people living with mental illness about recovery.

Learn about:

  • Dark days - a commonplace experience
  • Acceptance - the reality of having a mental illness can be a challenge
  • Treatment - clear and honest communication aids in treatment plans
  • Coping Skills - provides many with insight and meaning in their lives
  • Successes, hopes, and dreams - helps achieve fulfilling lives

Contact us at 937-299-3667 for more information!

KidShop is a free program for children in 1st to 12th grade. The program serves children who live with a family member with a mental health condition.

This program runs the first Saturday of every month, EXCEPT FOR SUMMER MONTHS. Next session is scheduled for Saturday, FEBRUARY 1, 2020.

Location: The Marketplace Movement Church,

3300 W. Third St, Dayton, OH 45417

Time: 9:15 am to Noon

Please register to inform us that you are planning to have children participate in this class.

Registration required three days prior to class date (class occurs first Saturday of every month, except for June and July)

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 8, two-hour sessions taught by a team of two trained "mentors" who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

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

Location information:

Empowerment Life Center

305 Edgewood Avenue, Dayton, OH

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Registration for this program is required. Please register to inform us that you are interested in this class.

NEW! A free six-week educational course about mental health for teens and young adults, ages 13-17 who have a mental health diagnosis.

Progression is taught by peers who have a mental health diagnosis and are now living in recovery.

The course meets once a week, for six weeks.

Location information:

Hope Lutheran Church

500 Hickory Street, Dayton, OH

SATURDAYS: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration for this program is required.

Class scheduled for February 22nd through March 28th.

Hot Topics in Mental Health Town Hall Meeting

NEW! Hot Topics in Mental Health

Education Meeting will meet


at Christ Church United Methodist,


FEBRUARY 28th, AUGUST 28th, OCTOBER 10th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

MAY 11th, Dayton Public Library, Auditorium, Mental Health Awareness Month Event

Join us for the opportunity as a consumer, family member, friend, community member, and/or professional to gather and discuss mental health information and concerns.

Contact Us.

Phone: (937) 299-3667