Family and Consumer Support Groups
Affiliates hold free monthly support groups where individuals with mental illness (consumers) can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through their learned wisdom. Family members and friends also meet separately to support and help each other. Although each person’s pathway to recovery is an individual experience, sharing challenges and learning how others have dealt with similar situations can be extremely helpful. Family members and consumers gain insight into their own situation as well as provide support to others. NAMI has an array of peer education and support programs available to help consumers and their families. NAMI offers help and a sense of community for parents, caregivers, veterans, health care providers and persons living with mental illness.
Connection Support Group
NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
In Our Own Voice (IOOV)
A free public education presentation that offers insight into the hope and recovery possible for people living with mental illness. Two trained speakers share their personal testimonies of living with and overcoming the challenges posed by mental illness. Each presentation is adapted to meet the needs of the audience. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A free 12-week course for families, partners and friends of individuals with serious mental illness taught by trained NAMI family members and caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. Contact local affiliate.