Support Groups For People With A Mental Health Condition

You’ll get support, sharing of coping strategies, and practical information. 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.

“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

All groups meet at NAMI-NYC unless otherwise noted. Check the calendar for the next meeting date.

Support groups for people living with a mental health condition

Addiction and Mental Illness – (formerly called “MICA”) For anyone living with a mental illness and substance addiction.

Often called “co-occurring disorders,” this group is for people with concurrent Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders. Other terms that have been used to describe this condition are “dual diagnosis,” “dual disorder,” “MICA” (mentally ill  chemical abuser or mentally ill chemically-affected), “MISA” (mentally ill substance abuser), “CAMI” (chemical abuse and   mental illness), and “SAMI” (substance abuse and mental illness), or “double trouble.” Read more about the group here.

Bipolar – Peer support and sharing strategies for successful living for individuals with bipolar disorder.

Hearing Voices – Peer support for anyone who identifies as a voice hearer. Voices, visions, or other unusual or extreme experiences may be unique, but they are not uncommon. This is the only open group for voice hearers in NYC. Read more about the group here.

Job Talk – Peer support and professional guidance for individuals with any employment related issues.

NAMI Conexión – Un grupo de apoyo para la recuperación de cualquier adulto que viva con los retos asociados con una enfermedad mental.

NAMI Connection – Peer support group for adults living with mental illness, led by trained facilitators.

NAMI Connection 55+ – Peer support group for adults ages 55+ living with mental illness.

Pet Therapy – Peer support and therapeutic interaction with trained pet therapy dogs from the Good Dog Foundation.

Spirituality Speaks – Discussing ways to use spirituality as an ingredient in one’s recovery to wellness. Help to improve your outlook, open your mind, and de-stress from a hectic day.

Suicide Attempt Survivors – A 10-week closed peer group for suicide attempt survivors. Read more about the group here.

Young Adult – For people ages 18 to 30 with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. Develop coping skills, share common experiences, gain self-advocacy skills, and make friends. Read more about the group here.

Social groups for people living with a mental health condition

Creative Writing – A fun and safe environment where aspiring authors come together to share, critique, and improve their work. With assistance from Columbia University student teachers.

Expressive Arts Workshop – All levels of talent and creativity are welcome. And all materials and supplies are provided… Just bring your enthusiasm and imagination!

Find Your Funny (and You’ll Find You’re Funny!) – Peer support using humor—no experience necessary. Become more emotionally flexible and resilient; heal your mind, emotions, and body with laughter and joy; and remember, a good sense of humor prevents hardening of your attitude.

Games People Play – Board games, cards games, and many more games to play in a safe, supportive, and relaxed atmosphere.

Movie Club – Good movies and discussion, and a chance to meet new people. Enjoy a different movie every month!

Music Group – If you have an instrument to play, bring it. And if you like to sing along, that’s great too! Open to family members and adults living with mental illness.

Poetry Workshop – Where poets gather to share stories, tips, and techniques. Also a place to learn and experiment while encouraging others to keep reading and keep writing.

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

Yoga For You – Stressed? Burnt out? Overwhelmed? This Saturday Yoga class for NAMI participants and family members will teach you deep relaxation, deep breathing, meditation, and poses to assist you in coping and healing.

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