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
  • 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.
  • Pizza or a light snack is served at evening meetings, please bring your own beverage.

Connection Support Groups

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.

Scheduled Zoom meeting for York County (Chester and Lancaster are welcome to attend)

Topic: Connection Support Group York County
Time: Every week on Thu, 06:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/743408213
Meeting ID: 743 408 213

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Meeting ID: 743 408 213

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Weekly: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/upAuc-mgrDop5NOYKBCptWhXyEGXqyQy0w/ics?icsToken=98tyKu6srT8qEtaUs1zHc7MqW4HqbN_ukiRghZp2vjz1FxdbWhrTEdpTK4NmQM-B

Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/fc7qS2gXIF

Scheduled Zoom meeting for Lancaster and Chester (York County participants are welcome to attend).

Topic: Connection Support Group LANCASTER and CHESTER
Time: Begins Apr 6, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Every month on the First Monday

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/789624310
Meeting ID: 789 624 310

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Meeting ID: 789 624 310
Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/fc7qS2gXIF

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Monthly: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/upwkceusrToqbO0OJ0bOO8NzEzrUtz9XsQ/ics?icsToken=98tyKu6gpz0oHteUsFzHRa0qE5n-bM_uk3Nh-ox3zB3KLHh9eCbsJNdWKOtHA-mB

Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions and mandatory meeting limitations, we are being proactive in our desire to keep everyone safe while maintaining support for those with mental health diagnoses and conditions.  All the following in-person groups are canceled until further notice. Please keep up with our Facebook Page, or Instagram to be reminded of meeting ID’s and passwords (these do notchange from week to week).

  • Lancaster – First Monday each month 6:30 pm First Presbyterian Church, 700 No. Main St. Lancaster 
  • Fort Mill – First Tuesday and Third Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm, St. Philip Neri Church, 292 Munn Rd., Fort Mill 29715
  • Rock Hill – Second Tuesday and Fourth Tuesday each month at 6:15 pm, Oakland Ave. Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill 29730 – Rm 202

Family Support Group

The Family Support Group is a peer-led confidential and safe support group for families/friendsand caregivers who care for a person over the age of 22 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.

Topic: Family Support Group Lancaster, York, and Chester Counties
Time: Tuesday Evenings 6.30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Tue, 06:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/456373818
Meeting ID: 456 373 818

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Meeting ID: 456 373 818
Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/fc7qS2gXIF

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Weekly: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/uZErdO6rpjoiJFQ13qSX0Lv565bBHGXDLQ/ics?icsToken=98tyKu2tqDgtGdyUuFztd7QtOdr_bvHui1tom_IOjSzdUwxFN1WjNMBqFYpbPOmB

Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions and mandatory meeting limitations, we are being proactive in our desire to keep everyone safe while maintaining support for those with mental health diagnoses and conditions.  All the following in-person groups are canceled until further notice. Please keep up with our Facebook Page, or Instagram to be reminded of meeting ID’s and passwords (these do notchange from week to week).

  • Fort Mill – First Tuesday and Third Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm, St. Philip Neri Church, 292 Munn Rd., Fort Mill 29715
  • Rock Hill – Second Tuesday and Fourth Tuesday each month at 6:15 pm, Oakland Ave. Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill 29730 – Rm 203
  • Indian Land – First Thursday each month at 7:00 pm, Transformation Church, Rm. 203 / E,  29707 *(NAMI Charlotte)

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-judgemental 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: Beginning Apr 20, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time  Continues Every month on the Third Mon

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/509943976
Meeting ID: 509 943 976

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Meeting ID: 509 943 976
Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/fc7qS2gXIF

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Monthly: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/uJQkfu2rpzwsq4MgNq0aGoKOPFWNYfARYQ/ics?icsToken=98tyKuyopzIuGd2Stlz9Y60vA97_buH2kWAah6RzjU_kJC94TTPQAcx7NJNNKemB

Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions and mandatory meeting limitations, we are being proactive in our desire to keep everyone safe while maintaining support for those with mental health diagnoses and conditions.  All the following in-person groups are canceled until further notice. Please keep up with our Facebook Page, or Instagram to be reminded of meeting ID’s and passwords (these do not change from week to week).

  • Fort Mill – Third Monday each month at 7:00 pm, St. Philip Neri Church, 292 Munn Rd., Fort Mill 29715
  • Clover – Second Monday each month at 6:15 pm, Thrive Family Services, 508 Bethel St., Clover 29710

Download a PDF of our support groups here NAMI Piedmont Program support groups 2020.

FINDING THE GROUPS: When going to groups, be sure to check here for location-specific information.

ROCK HILLOakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Meetings are in the Main Building (please use the Welcome Center entrance from the Park Ave. parking lot).  Connections Room 202 / Family Support Group Room 203/Quarterly Education Meeting: 2nd Tuesdays, March/June/Sept./Dec., 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall (downstairs)

Taking the Stairs: from the main entrance walk down the hallway straight ahead. Look for the door on your right marked “stairs” and go up one level. Turn right and go through the double doors. If you choose to take the stairs that are located on the left of the main room after you enter the building, you will take those up one level, turn right to exit the staircase, then go down a small set of stairs to get to the double doors of the education wing.

Elevator: from the main entrance get on the elevator and select “BL” to take you to the balcony level. When you exit the elevator, turn left, then turn left again through a big set of double doors. Then turn right to get to the double doors of the education wing. To exit the building, take the elevator back down to “N” for Narthex. If you choose levels 1 or 2, there will be a small flight of stairs between you and your destination.

FORT MILL St Phillip Neri Catholic Church Enter the main office building. Meetings are held on the second floor of this building.

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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.

 

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