Support Groups for Family Members and Friends

All support groups are led by a trained volunteer with lived experience, and are held in a safe and judgment-free environment of mutual respect.

Get support, share coping strategies and practical information, and find community. All groups meet at NAMI-NYC unless otherwise noted. Check the calendar for the next meeting date.

Criminal Justice – For family members of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Read more about the group here.

Family and Friends – For family members and friends of people with any mental illness. This also meets in Co-op City in the Bronx.

Family and Friends of Individuals with Mood Disorders – For family members and friends of people with a mood disorder.

Illness under mood disorders include: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder (mania – euphoric, hyperactive, over inflated ego, unrealistic optimism), persistent depressive disorder (long lasting low grade depression), cyclothymia (a mild form of bipolar disorder), and SAD (seasonal affective disorder). (From

Knit 2 Unwind – Knitters have known the calming benefits of their craft since knitting began. This group combines knitting lessons, emotional support, and self-care. Experienced knitters can bring their works in progress.

Parents of Children and Adolescents – This peer-run self help group offers support and practical information in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Share your experiences and learn coping strategies from fellow parents.

Suicide Bereavement – For those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Read more about the group here.

Sibling and Adult Child – For siblings or adult children of adults with any mental illness.

The Advocacy Group (TAG) – Develop and implement advocacy strategies to improve mental health care access and policies on the local, city, state, and federal level.

“Our support groups are powerful because they show, you are not alone. And they’re not led by a mental health professional. Peer support values lived experience. Leaders are facilitators, not professional experts. Everyone is an expert in the room…an expert on themselves.” — Kinsey McManus, former Services Director

For more information about any of our Support Groups, please contact the Helpline at 212-684-3264 or email us.