When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it's important to know that you're not alone. NAMI provides many support opportunities that are dedicated to helping the lives of those affected by mental illness. Each peer-support program below is intended for a different population.
NAMI Piedmont Tri-County FREE Support Groups
NAMI’s support groups provide a confidential and safe space for families, caregivers, and individuals affected by mental illness, to be heard and to receive the support they deserve.
- Meetings usually last either an hour or an hour and a half
- FREE of cost to participants
- Meets monthly
- No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
- Meetings led by individuals who have experienced mental illness themselves or through a loved one.
Connection Support Group
The Connection Support Group is a peer-led support group for Adults diagnosed with a mental illness. It’s a safe place where people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
Family Support Group
The Family Support Group is a peer-led confidential and safe support group for families/friends who live with mental health challenges by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned group wisdom.
Caregivers Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group is a peer-led support group for caregivers of children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges or who are diagnosed with a mental illness. The goal is to help the caregiver have a safe place to share their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental atmosphere, to be embraced by others who are in similar circumstances, to gain encouragement and hope in managing their loves, and to grow in the knowledge that we can return to a happy and healthy life.
NAMI’S PRINCIPLES OF SUPPORT
These Principles represent what we are striving for – our goals and aspirations as we struggle to come to terms with our mental illnesses. This is our belief system regarding universal, necessary truths which guide and strengthen us when life deals us this particular challenge.-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!
The goal of support group meetings is to help the caregiver have a safe place to share their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental atmosphere, to be embraced by others who are in similar circumstances, to gain encouragement and hope in managing their lives, and to grow in the knowledge that we can return to a happy and healthy life.