Positive Health Support Group

“There are a lot of similarities between the fear and stigma people feel—and experience—as someone living with a mental illness, and someone living with HIV and AIDS. As a black, heterosexual man, it took me years…even decades…to be able to face this. So I know how important it is to be able to look across the table and see people who you can relate to. For many years, the only person I had to relate to at all was Magic Johnson…and he’s just not really available. It’s important to have someone who’s not just nodding in sympathy, but who actually understands me.” — Larry, co-facilitator

NAMI-NYC has a new support group. Positive Health is a peer support group for people living with HIV and AIDS, and mental illness.

The group is open to all those with a new diagnosis, as well as long-term survivors, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, or age.

Because of the stigma associated with both HIV and mental illness, many feel alone and afraid. Our Positive Health support group helps bring people together who are living with HIV and mental illness to positively affect their mental health and emotional well-being.

Advances in HIV and AIDS treatment have transformed and prolonged the lives of many living with HIV. But living with a long-term illness—like HIV—can make you vulnerable to mental health problems such as feelings of acute emotional distress, depression, and anxiety.

We understand that having a positive and proactive approach to mental health is an important part of staying healthy when living with HIV.

Positive Health offers its members a place to share stories, encouragement, and friendship.

The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Please contact the Helpline for more information at 212-684-3264 or helpline@naminyc.org.