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 Are Now Online

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. Please scroll all the way down to find the group that works for you. 

  • Zoom Meetings usually last either an hour or an hour and a half
  • All meetings require a PASSWORD, see each group for access information
  • FREE to participants, no pre-registration required
  • Meets weekly or monthly depending on the group
  • 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.
  • All in-person groups are canceled until further notice.
  • Please keep up with our   Page, or  page to be reminded of meeting ID's and passwords (these do not change from week to week, all meetings now require a password to attend).

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.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Thursday at 6:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: The 4th Thursday of every month this meeting is at 1:00 PM (there will be no evening meeting the 4th Thursday of every month). 

Register in advance for either meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upAuc-mgrDop5NOYKBCptWhXyEGXqyQy0w

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Family Support Group

The Family Support Group is a peer-led confidential and safe support group for families/friends and caregivers who care for an adult with a mental health condition by utilizing collective lived experiences and learned group wisdom we hope to understand and support each other and our community.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Tuesday Evenings at 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uZErdO6rpjoiJFQ13qSX0Lv565bBHGXDLQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Parent/Caregivers Support Group

The Caregivers Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members and 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-judgmental atmosphere, to be embraced by others who are in similar circumstances, to gain encouragement and hope in managing their loved ones, and to grow in the knowledge that we can enjoy a happy and healthy life.

Topic: Parent & Caregivers Support Group York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time

Meets Monthly on the Third Monday (January 18th, February 15th, March 15th)

Zoom meeting.
When: Third Monday of every month at 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uZErdO6rpjoiJFQ13qSX0Lv565bBHGXDLQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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 that 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.

Find Help

NAMI HELPLINE 800-950-NAMI info@nami.org M-F, 10 AM - 6 PM ET Crisis Text LineText "NAMI" to 741741

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