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 information:

Belle Haven Elementary School Media Center

4401 Free Pike

Dayton, OH 45416

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Classes will meet: March 14, 21, 28 and April 11, 18, 25.

Registration for this program is required.

Register for Basics.

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:

Christ United Methodist Church

3440 Shroyer Rd, Kettering, OH

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

Centerville United Methodist Church

63 E. Franklin Street, Centerville, OH

Second and fourth Saturday each month

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Huber Heights Library

Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights, OH

Second Friday each month

12:00 pm to 1:30 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:


6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Registration for this program is required.

Next 12 week class begins Mid-July, date to be announced

Register for Family-to-Family.

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:

Christ United Methodist Church

3440 Shroyer Rd, Kettering, OH

First Thursday of each month

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Centerville United Methodist Church

63 E. Franklin Street, Centerville, OH

Third Saturday of each month

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Huber Heights Library

Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights, OH

Second Tuesday of each month

6:30 pm to 8:00 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.

Register for Homefront.

Key features of In Loving Arms:

  • This is a specialized support group 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 this group involve parenting, giving and receiving support, and other issues uniquely faced by partners of those affected with a mental illness.

Christ United Methodist Church

3440 Shroyer Road, Kettering, OH

Meetings resume in May on the second Monday of each month from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 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 at The Inspiration Church, 2900 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, OH starting at 10 AM and running until 2 PM, lunch is provided.

Registration three days prior to date is required.


Register for KidShop.

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.

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

Registration for this program is required. New Class to begin Summer 2018.

Register for Peer-to-Peer.

A free six-week educational course about mental health for teens and young adults, ages 13-18 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.

Registration for this program is required. Next start date to be determined due to unavailability of facilitators at this time.

Register for Progression.

A free, two-hour mental health education in-service for school professionals, parents, or middle/high school students to help them better understand the signs and symptoms of emotional and behavioral difficulties that may be early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents.

The in-service program follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by school professionals, parents and other family caregivers to give them a better understanding of:

  • The early warning signs of mental illness
  • The lived experience of parents raising a child with a mental illness
  • The challenges that children and adolescents face when emotional and behavioral disturbances are part of their school life

Contact us at 937-299-3667 to schedule this program at your school!

These groups are specifically for adults that are living with the effects of sexual trauma. Participants of the group will engage in conversations around how the trauma has affected their life since the occurrence and how to work towards living in peace with coping strategies. Come as you are, we look forward to meeting you. Our experiences give us the ability to receive support and to offer support to others.

Female Support Group

Location/Time: TBA

Male Support Group

Location/Time: TBA

Currently, we do not have facilitators for these groups. If you'd like to be a facilitator, please contact Linda for more information.

Hot Topics in Mental Health

Our Hot Topics in Mental Health education meeting meets monthly! Join us this month to learn about the new FaithNet program.

Christ United Methodist Church

January - October: Meets on the Fourth Thursday of the month

November & December: Meets on the Third Thursday of the month

3440 Shroyer Rd., Kettering, OH

Contact Us.


Phone: (937) 299-3667