NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group led by NAMI-trained facilitators who have personal experience of living with mental illness. Peer support is designed for adults living with mental illness who will gain insight from hearing from others like you. NAMI’s support groups meet bi-weekly, weekly or monthly and are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need.
We are a support group that focuses on allowing participants to share their experiences and learn from each other in a safe environment. We don’t take attendance. We maintain CONFIDENTIALITY.
Connections Recovery Support Group is free and open to any individual living with mental illness. Student or any non-participant observation is not permitted.
Support Groups are currently meeting online and in person.
Tuesdays on Zoom (except holidays) - 6:15-7:30 pm
Review our Connections Recovery 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.
Fridays in person (except holidays) - 6:00-7:30 pm
Grace Episcopal Church Offices, 245 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073
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. Please follow the signs for the Church Offices and NAMI Jacksonville.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN
By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential environment, you will gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.
NAMI Connection Recovery 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
“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.”
Please feel free to contact our Helpline if you have questions about this or any of our programs.