Peer Support Groups
NAMI Connection 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. The groups meet on a bi-weekly, weekly or monthly basis.
By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:
- See the individual first, not the illness
- Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
- Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
- Aim for better coping skills
- Find strength in sharing experiences
- Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
- Not judge anyone’s pain
- Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
- Embrace humor as healthy
- Accept that we cannot solve every problem
- Work for a better future in a realistic way
NAMI Peer Support Groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope. Connection Peer groups also offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness. Participants can share as much or as little personal information as they wish and the group follows a flexible structure without an educational format. Participants should feel welcomed to drop by and share feelings, difficulties, or successes. Connection does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies. Meetings are guided by NAMI Connection’s Principles of Support and please note that student observation is not allowed.