The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Oregon (NAMI-SO) will be October’s third-Sunday offering recipient.
NAMI-SO, founded in 1989, is a 501 (c) 3, all-volunteer organization. Since then, it has worked faithfully, according to its website, “to provide hope and help to family, friends and individuals impacted by mental health disorders in and around Jackson and Josephine Counties. We do this through education, support, advocacy and working against stigma.”
NAMI-SO provides mental health education and support to the community through its Medford Resource Library, “In Our Own Voice” community educational presentations, its quarterly newsletter and its website. NAMI-SO also provides support and classes to individuals and families directly impacted by mental health disorders through the offering of NAMI signature programs: “Family to Family Course,” “Family to Family Support Group,” “Peer to Peer Course,” “Connections Peer Support Group” and the newly released program, “Homefront.” All services are provided free-of-charge.
NAMI-SO also advocates locally, as well as on the state and national levels, for a better quality of life for those impacted by mental health disorders. It does this, according to its website, “by advocating for improved laws, funding, housing, treatment options and job training, to name a few.” All of NAMI-SO’s services work toward reducing the stigma associated with mental illness in the community.