Our support groups offer comfort, insight, and coping skills to both family members and those living with mental health conditions. Come to one of our support groups and learn from hearing the challenges and successes of others; all groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there just like you.
NOTE: During the current public health crisis, in-person support meetings are being suspended in order to protect the health of persons who attend our support groups and their families. We are conducting virtual support meetings on the same days and at the same time using Zoom. Please call (510) 770-NAMI for more information.
Connection Recovery Support
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
12/04/2020 — 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM, La Clinica de Familia at 100 W Griggs Ave
12/11/2020 — 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM, La Clinica de Familia at 100 W Griggs Ave
12/18/2020 — 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM, La Clinica de Familia at 100 W Griggs Ave
12/25/2020 — 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM, La Clinica de Familia at 100 W Griggs Ave
01/01/2021 — 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM, La Clinica de Familia at 100 W Griggs Ave
Call (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.
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
12/10/2020 — 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM, Peace Lutheran Church at 1701 Missouri Avenue
12/24/2020 — 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM, Peace Lutheran Church at 1701 Missouri Avenue
Call (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.
Alzeheimer’s Support Groups
Some of these support groups are listed in our calendar, however, we think we should make the full list of groups in New Mexico available as well. Click the following link for a PDF file of all groups in New Mexico. Alzehimers support groups
Support For Men Who Have Depression
Health Strategies for Managing and Preventing Depression
HeadsUpGuys is a website resource that supports men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success.