NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who've been there.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. The groups meet on a bi-weekly, weekly, or monthly basis.

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

What It’s All About

  • Seeing the individual first, not the illness

  • Recognizing that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers

  • Understanding that mental illnesses are traumatic events

  • Aiming for better coping skills

  • Finding strength in sharing experiences

  • Rejecting stigma and not tolerating discrimination

  • Not judging anyone’s pain

  • Forgiving ourselves and rejecting guilt

  • Embracing humor as healthy

  • Accepting that we cannot solve every problem

  • Working for a better future in a realistic way

Wisdom from Shared Experiences

This peer-led course provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance. No specific medication or medical therapy is endorsed or recommended. Our Core Philosophy informs the course’s approach.  Participation in the course gives you an opportunity to gain tangible resources – personalized plans, strategies for potential events in the future and information – as well as a deeper understanding of your personal recovery process.

Core Philosophy

  • We have more in common than not.

  • We are all experts on our own experience.

  • We respect individual experiences and individual choices.

  • We are free to choose our own path.

  • There is no one true way to do or be anything.

What Others Say About NAMI Connection

“NAMI Connection has enabled me to take a good look at my illness and see that I am not alone. The program has given me additional tools to not only accept my illness, but to help others along the way”
“… People can solve problems [at a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group]. It isn’t just a bunch of sad stories; people are coming up with solutions and stuff to do for the next week. One of our group attendees is taking her meds and getting herself to her counselor and is just about able to go back to her career in great part due to Connection”

Want to Get Involved?

Over the long term, we will offer a special training opportunity for volunteers with “lived experience”. We are looking for people who are well along their way in recovery and who want to help others gain traction along their path.

We are seeking out a core group of eight volunteers to facilitate these support groups. It’s our goal to upgrade these monthly meetings into weekly meetings and we need your help to make this happen in our community. Membership in NAMI covers the costs for the weekend training including lodging, most meals, a notebook, and some start-up materials. Transportation costs will also be covered for you.

If you would like to take the training to become a facilitator, please call or e-mail Karen Gross for more information 828-406-1421 (cell) or karengross@skybest.com