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. 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 and registration, see each group for access information
  • FREE to participants, no membership 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.
  • Request Reminders By Text (speak to the facilitator in your meeting, 1st message must be approved by replying to the CALLINGPOST text).
  • Please keep up with our   Page, or  page to be reminded of meetings
  1. Connections Support Group for those with a mental health diagnosis
  2. Family & Caregiver Support Group - for those living with an adult relative or loved one with a mental health diagnosis
  3. Parent/Caregiver support group for those living with a child under 22 or a loved one with a mental health condition.
  4. LGBTQIA+ For those over 18 living with a mental health condition
  5. Suicide Survivor Support Group: For family members/caregivers or friends who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Scroll down for registration and to read more about each group.

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: Every Thursday at 6:30 pm except on 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). 

Topic: Connections Support Group
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) or 1:00 PM EST

Join Zoom Meeting
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvfu6tqzMoE9wtkLHVoIdESurWTmLkogri

Meeting ID: 852 9755 8298
Passcode: 990548
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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

When: Every Third Monday of the month, 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJQkfu2rpzwsq4MgNq0aGoKOPFWNYfARYQ

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

LGBTQIA+ Support Group 

The LGBTQIA+ Support Group is a peer-led support group for those over 18 years old diagnosed with a mental illness or experiencing mental health stressors. It’s a safe place where people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersexed (LGBTQI*) community represents a diverse range of identities and expressions of gender and sexual orientation. In addition to these identities, members of the community are diverse in terms of race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and socioeconomic class. This intersectionality — the combined and overlapping aspects of a persons’ identity — brings a diversity of thought, perspective, understanding, and experience. This complexity is important to understand as a unique and valuable aspect of the LGBTQI community that can result in a strong sense of pride and resiliency.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Always the 3rd Friday of the month at 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModeyhrz8oGdGb-7QwdHYl_ENcvWXG32YA

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

Suicide Survivors Support Group

Have you lost a loved one to suicide? We recognize the need in our community to support those living as suicide survivors. We have partnered with AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) to offer twice monthly support meetings. While our individual stories are different, the feelings, questions, and stages of grief can be very much the same. Our survivor support groups will provide a community where we are able to engage with others who understand.

The Survivor Support Group is a collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) peer-led support group for family members and caregivers of those who have experienced a suicide attempt or completion. 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 and their loved one's grief, and to grow in the knowledge that we can still enjoy a happy and healthy life while respecting the memory of those we lost. 

Zoom meeting.  When: Third Monday at 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlcemtpzMuHNf0en-fo0fXq0Xe21fuz9w9 (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.

For resources, other agencies, mental health laws, regulations and other opportunities - Please see our Resources Page  

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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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