Family Support Groups
NAMI Family Support Group is a trained facilitator 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’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity learn informaiton, tips, and support from facilitators and other participants.
Our support groups that focus on allowing participants to share their experiences and learn from each other in a safe environment. We don’t take attendance. We maintain CONFIDENTIALITY.
Family Support Group is free and open to any family member with a loved one living with mental illness. Student or any non-participant observation is not permitted.
Support Groups are currently meeting online and in person.
Mondays on Zoom - 6:15-7:45 pmReview our Zoom Family Support Group Guidelines here.
Zoom Meeting - Register
One Time Registration Required. Once registered, the recurring meeting link and password is used for all meetings in 2021.
POSTPONED INDEFINITELY - 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month in person - 7:00-8:30 pm
In person Family Support Groups are postponeded indefinitely while COVID-19 cases rise. Please check back for an update on when we will return in person. Thank you for understanding.
MissionWay Church, 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32258
Drop ins are welcome at our in-person support groups.
For the safety of our facilitators and all participants, masks will be required during meetings. Support Groups will be limited to 15 to ensure safe social distancing.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN
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 other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and learn now to identify local resources and how to use them.
NAMI Family Support Group will help you:
- See the individual first, not the illness
- Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
- Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
- Aim for better coping skills
- Find strength in sharing experiences
- Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
- Not judge anyone’s pain
- Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
- Embrace humor as healthy
- Accept that we cannot solve every problem
- Work for a better future in a realistic way
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Using the [NAMI] support group model is so essential to the success of our family support groups. As a group, the collective wisdom covered a lot of possibilities.”
“The most beneficial thing for me was that I am not alone. I found the NAMI Family Support Group at the time I really needed it!”
Please feel free to contact our Helpline if you have questions about this or any of our programs.