Family Support Group

Family Support Group

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.

 

Talking with someone to share coping strategies and insights, as well as problems and concerns, can be an important link in the path to recovery. NAMI Family Support Groups aim to provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope.

Groups in New York State are listed below by county. If you do not find a group in your area listed here please contact Stephen Oby at 800-950-3228 or by e-mail at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Buffalo & Erie County

  • Every third Wednesday of the month 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
  • Lake Shore Behavioral Health/Abbott Corners
  • 3176 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
  • Contact: Gerrie Cruz, 716-226-6264

 

  • Every third Wednesday of the month 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • St. Paul's Evangelical Luthern Church
  • 4007 Main Street ( Near Eggert Road).  Amherst, NY 14226
  • Contact: Ann Venuto, 716-689-1159

 

Clinton, Franklin & Essex (Champlain Valley)

Family Support Group

  • Every other Friday from May 10th to Dec. 20th at 6:30 p.m.
  • NAMI Champlain Valley, 14 Healey Avenue, Suite D, Plattsburgh 12901
  • Contact: NAMI: CV Office (518) 561-2685

Suicide Survivors Support Group

  • 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
  • NAMI Champlain Valley, 14 Healey Avenue, Suite D, Plattsburgh 12901
  • Contact: Mary Anne Cox (518) 563-1141 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Columbia

Support Group

  • Thursday, April 25th from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Office Deli OASIS, Fairview Plaza, Hudson
  • Contact: Pat Anders This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Dutchess

Support Group

  • 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thorne Conference Room,
    2nd Floor, St Francis Hospital,
    1 Webster Avenue, Poughkeepsie
  • Contact: NAMI Mid-Hudson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Fulton

Support Group

  • 3rd Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m.
  • Argersinger Building, 2nd Floor, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville
  • Contact: NAMI MFH 518-843-3261 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Montgomery

Support Group

  • 1st Thursday of every month at 4 p.m.
  • Amsterdam Riverfront Center Suite 2413, 2nd Floor, Amsterdam
  • Contact: NAMI MFH 518-843-3261 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

NYC - Metro

F2F Graduate Support Group

  • 1st Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.
  • 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103, New York
  • Contact: Patti Sacher, Pamela Solomon 212-684-3264

Family & Friends Support Group

  • 2nd Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103, New York
  • Contact: Patti Sacher, Pamela Solomon 212-684-3264

Sibling & Adult Child Support Group

  • 2nd Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103, New York
  • Contact: Sharon Bogart 212-684-3264

Daughters and Sons of Parents with Mental Illness

  • 2nd Monday of every month from 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103, New York
  • Contact: Maria Cotto, Jessica Jamhoury, and Katrina Lempenski 212-684-3264

Family & Friends of Individuals with Mood Disorders

  • 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
  • 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103, New York
  • Contact: Debbie Finn, Joan Mellon 212-684-3264

Parents of Children and Adolescents

  • 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103, New York
  • Contact: Mary Ann Cerón, Nancy Parker 212-684-3264

Criminal Justice Support Group

  • 4th Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.
  • 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103, New York
  • Contact: Leah Gitter 212-431-7276

Spanish Family Support Group

  • 4th Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.
  • NYS Psychiatric Institute, 40 Haven Ave. (168th St.), 4th Floor, Rm 4002
  • Contact: Brenda Ramirez-Paulino 917-359-5144

Japanese Family Support Group

  • 4th Friday of every month at 6:15 p.m.
  • 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103, New York
  • Contact: Eiko Kijima This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Knit 2, Unwind Support Group for Family Members

  • 2nd Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. and 3rd Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. every month
  • 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103, New York
  • Contact: Karen Jacoby 212-684-3264

 

North Shore

Support Group

 

 

Ontario

Support Group

  • 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.
  • Lakeview Mental Health, 611 Washington St., Geneva
  • Contact: Jane 315-789-9068 or Char 315-536-7185

 

Otsego

Support Group

  • 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Foxcare Center in the Wellness Center, Route 7, Oneonta, NY.
  • Contact: Kim 607-351-3392, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Queens/Nassau

Evening Family/Sibling/Adult Children Support Group

  • 1st & 3rd Mondays 7:30—9:30 p.m.
  • NAMI Queens/Nassau office, 1981 Marcus Ave., Suite C117, Lake Success
  • Contact: Rosalie Weiner, LMSW (718) 776-4790

Afternoon Family & Friends Support Group

  • 1st Tuesday of each month 1:30—3:00 p.m.
  • Advanced Center for Psychotherapy, 103-26 68th Rd., Forest Hills
  • Contact: Rosalie Weiner, LMSW (718) 776-4790

Family/Friends Support Group

  • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7:30—9:30 p.m.
  • NAMI Queens/Nassau office, 1981 Marcus Ave., Suite C117, Lake Success
  • Contact: Christine Scotten, CSW (516) 521-8341

Family to Family Graduate Support Group

  • 2nd Monday of each month 7:00—9:00 p.m.
  • NAMI Queens/Nassau office, 1981 Marcus Ave., Suite C117, Lake Success
  • Contact: Judy Russ (631) 721-8481

South Asian Support Group

  • 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m.
  • YICG, New Hyde Park
  • Contact: “Raghu” Raghavendran (516) 944-8537

Family Support Group

  • 4th Thursday of each month, 7:00—9:00 p.m.
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
    48 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset, Room 17, Please park in Chapel Lot
  • Contact: David Hymowitz, LMSW, Call or email office to register

For Families with Young Adults

  • 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00—9:00 p.m.
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
    48 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset, Room 17, Please park in Chapel Lot
  • Contact: David Hymowitz, LMSW, Call or email office to register

Senior Caregivers and Their Adult Children 40+

  • 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month, 1:00 p.m.
  • NAMI Queens/Nassau office, 1981 Marcus Ave., Suite C117, Lake Success
  • Contact: Isabelle Mesholam, LMSW (516) 626-3258

 

Rensselaer

Family Support Group

Richmond

For Relatives and Friends

  • 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.
  • Freedom From Fear Building, 308 Seaview Ave., Staten Island
  • Contact: Linda Wilson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For Parents and Caregivers

  • 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.
  • South Beach Psychiatric Center, 777 Seaview Ave. Bldg. 11, Staten Island
  • Contact: Linda Wilson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Saratoga

Sharing & Caring

  • 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
  • Transitional Services Association Building, 127 Union St., Saratoga
  • Contacts: Jean Russell This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Marge Zak This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Amy Hughes This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Schenectady

Relatives Support & Education Group

  • Every Wednesday at 6 p.m.
  • Classroom B3, Ellis Hospital
  • Contact: Kevin Moran 518-243-4255

Second Relatives Support & Education Group

  • Every Monday at 5:30 p.m.
  • CDPC Franklin St. Clinic, 426 Franklin St., Schenectady
  • Contact: Frank Greco 518-374-3403

 

Suffolk

East End Support Group for Family Members, Partners & Friends

  • 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
  • Grace Presbyterian Church
    1225 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
    Intersection of Scuttle Hole Road
  • Contact: (631) 728-3082 or (631) 283-2380

 

Ulster

Support Group

  • 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
  • 300 Aaron Court, Kingston
  • Contact: NAMI Mid-Hudson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Westchester

Friends and Families (White Plains)

  • 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
  • Contact: NAMI Westchester at 914-592-5458

Friends & Family (Larchmont)

  • 2nd Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.
  • Contact: NAMI Westchester at 914-592-5458

Friends & Family (Harrison)

  • 1st Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
  • Contact: NAMI Westchester at 914-592-5458

Sibling Group

  • 1st Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
  • White Plains
  • Contact: NAMI Westchester at 914-592-5458

Adult Children of Parents with Mental Illness

  • 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
  • White Plains
  • Contact: NAMI Westchester at 914-592-5458

Spousal Group

  • 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
  • White Plains
  • Contact: NAMI Westchester at 914-592-5458

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