Individuals Living with Mental Illness
Our free, 8-session, confidential Peer-to-Peer program provides educational information that helps adults with mental illness learn more about their condition and treatment options. We aim to provide the most current and up-to-date information about the major mental health conditions, their biological aspects, and information on the possibilities for living in recovery, including various treatment strategies currently available. NAMI will never recommend a specific therapy or approach but instead provides a space for compassionate conversations taught by a trained team of people who have been where you are.
Your Peer-to-Peer facilitator will provide specific skills training in problem-solving, listening, communication techniques, handling crises and relapse, guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community, and tips on advocating for those supports and services. Groups are structured through presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises that help you learn how to be an active participant in your treatment plan, identify feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and events that could result in a possible relapse, and strengthen interpersonal relationships. Through this process, you will further your knowledge of mental health and gain insight into how to cope with difficult circumstances while sharing your experiences with peers who share the same recovery goal.
Connection Recovery Support Group
Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, 90-minute support group for adults living with a mental health condition. Meeting once a month, connection recovery aims to combat the isolation and anxiety accompanying mental illness. These groups strive to create respectful, compassionate, and understanding environments that lead to meaningful conversations, where members share their struggles and successes. Members can find support and empathetic discussions that offer insight into others’ coping strategies, problems, concerns, and paths to recovery. Connection Recovery is entirely confidential, and you never have to share more than you want to.
NAMI does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies during the groups and instead offers a casual, relaxed, and flexible approach without an educational format. Our facilitators have been where you are- each group is led by individuals going through recovery. They understand your struggles and offer support, encouragement, and connection without judgment. Everyone is a valued participant, and we welcome you to join and share.
"Mary and Hannah did an incredible job leading the class! They were so kind and welcoming each week. As leaders they created a supportive classroom environment that made me feel safe and encouraged. I would highly recommend this class to others.
I now have the courage to use goal tracking as I pursue my dreams. The goal exercises in class helped me to better form this positive habit."