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NAMI Family Support Group is for those who need support dealing with a loved one who is living with mental illness.

Too often, mental illness is an isolating experience, accompanied by profound anxiety. When your family member is diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or any of several other illnesses, there is a dramatic change in the relational dynamics between family members.

NAMI Family Support Group

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

  • Free of cost to participants
  • Designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness
  • Led by family members of individuals living with mental illness
  • Meets weekly or monthly
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
  • Confidential

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard, and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You'll benefit through other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and learn now to identify local resources and how to use them.

NAMI Family Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers 
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events 
  • Aim for better coping skills 
  • Find strength in sharing experiences 
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination 
  • Not judge anyone’s pain 
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt 
  • Embrace humor as healthy 
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem 
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way

Groups in New York State can be viewed by clicking here. If you do not find a group in your area listed here please contact Shaniqua Jackson at 1-800-950-3228 or by e-mail at Shaniqua@naminys.org.