Mental Health Education & Support


NAMI programs are provided at no cost to participants.

NAMI offers an array of education, training programs and services for people who suffer from mental illness, their family members, providers and the general public. These NAMI Signature Programs draw on the experience of peers and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and are eager to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.  

Medford Resource Library: feel free to call with any questions about our programs, classes and presentations.

140 S Holly St. Suite #1300
Medford, OR 97501


NAMI of Southern Oregon Classes (free-of-charge): classes are usually offered twice a year. Please call the Library or the listed contacts for more information or to get on the list for the next class.

NAMI Basics Class led by trained facilitators/parents of children who developed symptoms of MI prior to 13 years old. The six sessions for parents and caretakers cover current information and research related to the biology of MI and the evidence-based, most effective medications and treatment strategies available for Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse DisordersStages of emotional reactions of families to MI; including crisis, shock, denial, grief and acceptance are introduced. Included, are insights into understanding of the lived experience of the child living with the MI including learning to separate the child you love from the illness that alters their behavior and abilities.

Peer-to-Peer Class

The Peer to Peer Education Course is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. Peer to Peer consists of ten free weekly classes of two-hour units and are taught by a team of three trained Mentors/Peers who are living well with mental illness. For more information and registration please call Lezley at 541-840-6672 or           

Family-to-Family Class
The Family to Family Course is a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help family members understand and support their relative or family member with mental illness while maintaining their own wellbeing. Volunteer teams of trained NAMI family members teach the classes. There are no fees for families taking these classes. Participants learn about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive and panic disorders. Call NAMI Library at 541-774-7872 to participate.

Homefront: NAMI's recently released class to support family, friends and caregivers of our Veterans. Six week course. NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions. For more information please call Andy at 541-613-0830 or the NAMI Library.

NAMI Homefront is now available online at:

NAMI-SO Support Groups: all support groups are offered free-of-charge. You do not have to register, but some facilitators prefer you to contact them ahead of time, if specified below.

The Principles of Support

  • We will see the individual first, not the illness.
  • We recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers.
  • We understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events.
  • We aim for better coping skills
  • We find strength in sharing experiences.
  • We reject stigma and do not tolerate discrimination.
  • We won’t judge anyone’s pain as less than our own.
  • We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
  • We embrace humor as healthy.
  • We accept we cannot solve all problems.
  • We expect a better future in a realistic way.
  • We will never give up hope.

Family Support Group (Jackson County) Ashland: for family members and loved ones of someone exoeriencing mental illness
First and third Wednesdays monthly, 6-7pm at Peace House, 543 S Mountain Ave. Ashland, OR.
Facilitated by Andra Hollenbeck  541-601-6421   Email:

Family Support Group (Jackson County) Medford: for family members and loved ones of someone experiencing mental illness
Second and fourth Wednesdays monthly, 6-7:30 pm at Compass House, 332 W. Sixth Ave. Medford, OR.
Facilitated by Leslie Straus-Fowler  541-649-3445 Email: 

Family Support Group (Josephine County) Grants Pass: for family members and loved ones of someone experiencing mental illness
Second Mondays monthly, 6:30-7:30 pm at Options of Southern Oregon, Bldg on left, 1181 Ramsey Ave. Grants Pass, OR.
Facilitated by Marjie Wilkie
Marjie Wilkie: 541-660-9407 Email:


(NEW!) Connection Support Group (Jackson County) Medford: for those living with a mental illness

Where: Smullin Education Center
2825 E Barnett Rd

When: Every Thursday beginning 5/24/18
Sherry McCowan, Facilitator 


NAMI Presentations: all presentations are free

In Our Own Voice Community Presentations
In Our Own Voice is a recovery education program in which people living with mental illness are trained to speak directly to community audiences about their experiences with brain disorders, coping, treatment, hopes, dreams and recovery. The educational and healing power of an In Our Own Voice presentation enriches the audience’s understanding of how people with serious mental disorders cope with the reality of their illnesses. Recovery and reclaiming productive lives is a powerful message for anyone whose life has been touched by mental illness. 
Call Lezley Sanders to schedule a presentation 541-840-6672.

(NEW!) Ending the Silence is a new program for schools and youth-oriented community groups. Ending the Silence (ETS) is a NAMI classroom program, presented by two volunteers, including a young adult with lived experience of a mental health condition. Through ETS, high school students learn indicators of mental illness, how to help themselves, friends, and family members who might need support. For more information please call Andra Hollenbeck at 541-601-642 or contact Brice Perkins to schedule at 541-324-8267

Family & Friends 4-hour seminar – The Family & Friends 4-hour seminar pilot project has gone well in Oregon. We have 27 trained instructors and two seminars have been held thus far, one in Mid-Valley and one in Lane County. Three more are scheduled for later this month, one in Lane County and two in Clackamas County. NAMI has extended the pilot project period until February 28. That means affiliates have until the end of February to earn up to $1,000 in grants for this project. Any affiliate that schedules two seminars using the administrative portal to take place by that date will earn $500, and a second $500 grant will be given once the seminars are held and evaluations are collected.

2018 training schedule posted – NAMI Oregon’s 2018 schedule of trainings for volunteers to lead education and support programs is on the Trainings page with schedules and applications available for download. Allso, see the NAMISO Events page for listings for specific programs.

Note: The schedule includes a special Basics Teacher Training June 2 & 3, 2018 that will be led by Teri Brister, Director of Information and Support for NAMI

Other Mental Health Resources:

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Daytime peer support group

Fridays, 2:30-4:30pm, Medford City Hall.
Call Carolyn for information  541-779-1669   Email:

CIT Training for Law Enforcement - Crisis Intervention Training (taught by Jackson County Mental Health, with participation from NAMI-SO)

CIT is a police-based pre-arrest jail diversion program. The program is designed to create a seamless link between law enforcement and emergency mental health services. CIT officers receive approximately 40 hours of training in areas including psychiatric disorders, substance abuse issues, de-escalation techniques and in legal issues related to mental health and substance abuse. In addition, theofficers receive empathy training from individuals suffering from mental illness and gain exposure to the views and experiences of family members.

Drop In Centers

Compass House (see website for referral process) 332 W 6th St. Medford
E-mail:    or

The Union Drop-in Center 225 Hillcrest #8, Grants Pass