NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Our Family Support Group meets monthly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants.

These are the next four Wednesday meetings

12/26/2018 — 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church at 1701 Missouri Avenue

01/09/2019 — 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church at 1701 Missouri Avenue

01/23/2019 — 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church at 1701 Missouri Avenue

02/13/2019 — 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church at 1701 Missouri Avenue

Call (510) 770-6264 or (510) 770-NAMI for more information.

Why You Should Attend Family Support

Personal reinforcement in an environment of sincere uncritical acceptance.

At each meeting, you review the Group Guidelines and Principles of Support and update the group on the current events in your life, then spend the bulk of the meeting in group discussion, or ‘group work’. The group addresses urgent issues of its members and participants share their learned experience, or ‘group wisdom’. As a participant, your voice is heard, and you can contribute to a dynamic that encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

Tools for caring for yourself and for your loved one

The support group can offer you practical advice on addressing issues related to mental illness and your loved one. It also gives you the appropriate space to have your personal needs met so that you can provide the best possible care for your family member. Taking time to voice your experiences and to hear from others may help you develop your inner reserves of strength. You may gain confidence in your ability to cope with your family member’s mental illness as well as local knowledge on how to best access needed services for your family member.