Support Groups for Family Members and Friends

All support groups are led by a trained volunteer with lived experience, and are 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. 4th Thursday of the month, 6pm.

Family and Friends – For family members and friends of people with any mental illness. Also meets in Co-op City in the Bronx. 2nd Thursday of the month, 6 to 7:30pm.

Family and Friends of Individuals with Mood Disorders – For family members and friends of people with a mood disorder. 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 to 8pm.

  • 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 www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/mood-disorders)

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. 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 11am to 12:30pm.

Parents of Children and Young Adults – upport and practical information in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Share your experiences and learn coping strategies from fellow parents. 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 1 to 2:30pm.

Suicide Bereavement – For those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Read more about the group here. 10-week closed group – contact the Helpline.

Sibling and Adult Child – For siblings or adult children of adults with any mental illness. 2nd Thursday of the month, 6 to 7:30pm.

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. 1st Monday of the month, 6 to 7:30pm.

“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.