Support Groups

Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us, so NAMI Greater Cleveland (NAMI GC) has made the decision to move all support groups online to reduce the risk of illness. This move took effect in March, and will continue until it is safe to hold in-person meetings again. We recommend that you join 5-10 minutes early in case you run into any difficulty.

Our commitment to providing you with the support, education, and resources you need to build better lives will not be interrupted. Those of you who do not have computer access will be provided with a telephone number and access code to participate via phone. Anyone concerned with privacy issues should know that NAMI GC will not record virtual support groups or use any information you provide during groups for any reason unless Ohio laws for mandated reporting and mandated reporters dictate otherwise.

The same Group Guidelines and Principles of Support that apply to in-person meetings will be used to guide NAMI online Support Groups, and each NAMI online Support Group will be led by  NAMI-trained facilitators who are either family members or individuals in recovery themselves. These groups are offered free of charge, as are all NAMI programs. We have taken measures to ensure the same support you receive in times of wellness, you receive in times of illness.

NAMI GC uses Zoom to host online Support Groups. Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Prior to attending a NAMI online Support Group, you’ll need to download the Zoom application on your computer or smartphone. For assistance with registration, you can contact the HelpLine at 216-875-7776 or info@namicleveland.org

Please note: NAMI Online Support Groups and Forums are not intended to replace or be used as a substitute for clinical or medical services, and facilitators are NAMI-trained peers and family members/caregivers, not mental health professionals. By attending and participating in NAMI GC’s online Support Groups, you agree to abide by Group Guidelines and Principles of Support outlined at the start of each meeting, and can be removed and/or banned from any meeting at the staff and/or facilitators’ discretion.

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