The same Group Guidelines and Principles of Support that apply to in-person meetings will be used to guide NAMI Online Support Groups, and each NAMI Online Support Group will be led by two NAMI-trained facilitators who are either family members or individuals in recovery themselves. These groups are offered free of charge, as are all NAMI Programs. We have taken measures to ensure the same support you receive in times of wellness, you receive in times of illness.
Alternatives to Suicide Support Group is for people who are thinking about dying or are trying to support someone else who is in that place. The opportunity to talk openly about suicide and feelings of deep emotional distress with others who have or are experiencing similar struggles can be a powerful way to support people to move through those darkest places.
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 LGBTQ+ Connection Support Group is designed for LGBTQ+ individuals living with mental health conditions. We will provide a sense of belonging and a safe space to discuss lived experiences while receiving the support of LGBTQ+ peers trained by NAMI.
NAMI Youth Connection Support Group is designed for teens between the ages of 12 and 17 who are living with mental health challenges or those who might be dealing with a difficult school or home life.
NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.
NAMI Parent Support Group is a group that provides support, education, and resources for parents, caregivers and other adult supporters of all youth who have experience with mental health conditions, developmental disabilities, substance use, foster care or juvenile justice issues.
Additional Support Groups
Emotions Anonymous is a 12-Step program based on the recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous. All are welcome including anyone experiencing emotional difficulties who is ready to gain knowledge and support from others who have had or are currently experiencing similar issues. Support groups meet weekly.
Grandfamilies Support Group – A support group facilitated by grandparents for grandparents and other relatives raising the children of loved ones. Build support, discuss topics related to challenges, celebrate successes, broaden areas of knowledge, and educate others through lived experience.
My Life provides opportunities for youth to come together to create a community of support, plan activities and initiatives, practice social skills, learn from presenters and provide peer mentoring.
Survivors of Suicide Support Groups – “A death by suicide can leave behind a wake of emotions and challenges that complicate the grieving process. Many of us question why this happened and what we might have done to prevent it. We worry that our loved one will be remembered for how they died instead of how they lived. There is hope and support.”
Online and Telephone Support
Online and Telephone Support Groups can also be valuable sources of support. This is a listing of organizations that offer online support in the form of chat rooms, forums, online meetings and phone-in support groups and meetings.