NAMI WC has support groups for people who live with a mental health condition and family and friends who live in support of someone with a mental health condition. Group leaders have personal experience with a mental health condition and are trained in group facilitation.

For People Who Live with a Mental Health Condition

NAMI’s Young Adult Support Group (ages 18-30) is a support group for people who live with a mental health challenge. Meetings begin with a brief check-in and then move to deeper sharing about feelings and topics such as relationships, medication, and therapies; both tried and true and alternative. Group members benefit from shared experiences and group wisdom to help with current problems and struggles. Groups are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 7-8:30 pm through Zoom.

To register for the 2nd and 4th Monday support groups visit: https://namiwc.org/about/mental-health-support-groups/young-adults-support-group-registration/ Please remember to indicate which Monday session you plan on attending (see registration form for details).

Supported by the Washtenaw County Public Safety & Mental Health Preservation Millage. 

This group is now open to anyone with a mental health condition aged 18 and above.

It is not easy to talk about what’s really going on with you,” said Pat, a group leader. “The NAMI Connection format helps smooth the way, especially for newcomers, with the structure of an agenda, group guidelines, and principles of support.”

Meetings are mainly devoted to discussion conducted with these guidelines and principles in mind, such as absolute confidentiality, respect for others, and aiming for better coping skills.

Group member Anna finds the other participants supportive and resourceful. Merely attending meetings can have a therapeutic effect, she said.

Connection meets every first and third Wednesday of the month online through Zoom. To register visit: https://namiwc.org/about/mental-health-support-groups/connection-support-group-registration/. Please remember to indicate which Wednesday session you plan on attending (see registration form for details).

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NAMI Faith Group combines scripture lessons, educational topics, and sharing time to promote support and spirituality in mental health. They believe that a person’s faith can play a positive role in their mental health experience.

The group is open to adults living with mental health challenges, and to anyone who wants to learn how to better support those living with a condition. There is no fee or registration required. Attendance is on a drop-in basis and each meeting will have a new lesson. NAMI Faith Group is inclusive and welcomes all religions and all people.

Meetings are on the 4th Monday of each month, 7-8:30 pm, online through Zoom. To register for the group please visit https://namiwc.org/about/mental-health-support-groups/nami-faith-support-group-registration-2/

For People Who Live in Support of Someone who Lives with a Mental Health Condition

This group is for adults who have a friend or family member with a mental health condition. Meetings revolve around topics of interest to people caring for others, including self-care.

Caring for someone with a serious mental health condition can feel lonely and dispiriting. However, said a group member, “coming to meetings empowers me. I feel so much less alone and am inspired by the courage of group members.”

Participants trade strategies and learn from one another. Meetings end “with everyone sharing something they are going to do for themselves that they enjoy,” Chuck, a group leader, said.

Friends and Family meet every fourth Monday from 6:30-8 pm, as well as, every third Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm through Zoom.

To learn more and register for the Monday group please visit https://namiwc.org/about/mental-health-support-groups/family-friends-online-support-group-registration/

To learn more and register for the next Wednesday group visit:  https://namiwc.org/about/mental-health-support-groups/wed-friends-and-family-support-group/

The Monday Friends and Family Support Group is supported by St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. 

NAMI’s Friends & Family at WCC started with monthly meetings in Winter/Spring 2021. This timely new group provides support for students with a friend, family member, or partner that lives with a mental health condition. Meetings include conversations on caring for loved ones, as well as strategies for centering self-care. To register, visit https://namiwc.org/about/mental-health-support-groups/wcc-friends-family-online-support-group-registration/

Supported by the Washtenaw County Public Safety & Mental Health Preservation Millage. 

This mental health support group is for parents of children aged 12 to 25 who have contemplated or attempted suicide. Rather than struggle alone with how to get help for your child and yourself, join this group and share effective strategies with others in the same situation.

Currently, Parents Together will meet the first and third Monday of the month, 7–8:30 p.m., online using Zoom. For more information and to register, email Alison at alisonpaine21@hotmail.com.

NAMI Faith Group combines scripture lessons, educational topics, and sharing time to promote support and spirituality in mental health. They believe that a person’s faith can play a positive role in their mental health experience.

The group is open to adults living with mental health challenges, and to anyone who wants to learn how to better support those living with a condition. There is no fee or registration required. Attendance is on a drop-in basis and each meeting will have a new lesson. NAMI Faith Group is inclusive and welcomes all religions and all people.

Meetings are on the 4th Monday of each month, 7-8:30 pm, online through Zoom. To register for the group please visit https://namiwc.org/about/mental-health-support-groups/nami-faith-support-group-registration-2/