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.  All groups are confidential— you can share as much or as little personal information as you wish. 

Family Support Group

NAMI Family Support Group is a no-cost, confidential and safe group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges.

Families join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental illness. 

Overview

  • No cost to participants

  • Open to adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness

  • Led by family members of individuals living with mental illness

  • Meets twice per month

  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended

  • There is no need to register— just come when you feel like you need someone to talk to.

What You'll Gain

You will feel a sense of community and gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard, and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You'll benefit through others' experiences, discover your inner strength and learn how to identify local resources and how to use them.

What People are Saying

Before coming to the support group, we had never spoken about mental illness to neighbors, friends and often not even to our relatives.
I just attended my first NAMI Family Support Group and the facilitators and the group experience was just the kind of support I was seeking at this time.
NAMI Family Support Group really works, and it makes the group experience even better.

To learn more about Family Support Group email NAMI Rochester at  info@namirochester.org or  call us at 585-423-1593.

 

Connection Recovery Support Group

NAMI Connection is a no-cost recovery support group program for people living with mental illness. These groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.

 Support groups offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness.


Overview

  • No cost to participants

  • Open to all adults living with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis

  • Led by trained individuals who are in recovery themselves

  • Meets twice per month, for 90 minutes

  • Follows a flexible structure without an educational format

  • There is no need to register— just come when you feel like you need someone to talk to

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 People are Saying

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.

To learn more about Connection Recovery Support Group email NAMI Rochester at  info@namirochester.org or  call us at 585-423-1593.

 

Mental Health Court Support

NAMI Rochester has collaborated with the Monroe County Mental Health Court since it opened in 2003. Trained NAMI volunteers (individuals with mental illness or their family members) attend Mental Health Court to support defendants and their family members who are involved in the treatment court due to having been charged with a non-violent felony and diagnosed with a mental illness. Many of the defendants may also have a chemical addiction.

The Monroe County Mental Health Court was founded by Judge Patricia Marks and was one of the first mental health courts in New York State. Our Mental Health Court has served as a model for other courts across the country. 

NAMI Rochester also provides support groups for people living with mental illness and loved ones of those living with mental illness.