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. 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.
These are the next five Monday meetings
12/24/2018 — 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church at 2000 S. Solano Drive
12/31/2018 — 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church at 2000 S. Solano Drive
01/07/2019 — 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church at 2000 S. Solano Drive
01/14/2019 — 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church at 2000 S. Solano Drive
01/21/2019 — 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church at 2000 S. Solano Drive
Call (510) 770-6264 or (510) 770-NAMI for more information.
The group provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.
NAMI Connection offers a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness.
- Is led by one or more NAMI-trained facilitators
- Meets weekly for 90 minutes
- Is offered free of charge
- Follows a flexible structure without an educational format
- Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies
- Is confidential – participants can share as much or as little personal information as they wish.
Meetings are guided by NAMI Connection’s 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.
Who can attend a meeting?
The group is open to all teens and adults with a diagnosed mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. Participants should feel welcome to drop by and share feelings, difficulties, or successes.
Everyone is a valued participant.