NAMI CONNECTIONS: Support Group

NAMI Support Group is a peer-led support group for individual's, family members, and caregivers impacted by mental illness. Groups 1st and 3rd  Tuesday from 7:00-8:00pm at ADAMHS Board located at 438 Carnahan Ave. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants.

What You Should Expect

  • Meets twice a month for 60-minute sessions free of charge.
  • Designed for (18 and over) individuals living with mental illness, family members and caregivers.
  • Facilitated by a trained team of individuals with living experience of the impacts of mental illness.
  • Confidential -- share as much or as little personal information as you want.
  • Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies for your family member.
  • Guided by Principles of Support.

Why You Should Attend

Reinforcement in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance

At each meeting, you review the Group Guidelines and Principles of Support and update the group on the current events in your life, then spend the bulk of the meeting in group discussion, or ‘group work’. The group addresses urgent issues of its members and participants share their learned experience, or ‘group wisdom’. As a participant, your voice is heard, and you can contribute to a dynamic that encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

Tools for caring for yourself and for your loved one

The support group can offer you practical advice on addressing issues related to mental illness. It also gives you the appropriate space to have your personal needs met so that you can provide the best possible care for your family member. Taking time to voice your experiences and to hear from others may help you develop your inner reserves of strength. You may gain confidence in your ability to cope with your mental illness or your family member’s mental illness as well as local knowledge on how to best access needed services in your community.

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.

When my anxiety and depression took over my life, I felt all alone. Even though I had my friends and family, I didn't have anyone who understood what I was going through. I worked up the courage to get help, but I still needed that continued support. That's when I found NAMI! This group is my continued support, and helped me become me again! It really helps to have others who can relate, and offer advice. We are like a family! They have taught me that mental illness is not something to be ashamed of, but something that should be talked about. We are all human, and we all need help sometimes. Thank you NAMI!-Brittany Kiley