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.

The group:

  • 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.