Our Support Groups

All of our in-person Support Groups are suspended until further notice, due to the increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in NYC, as of March 13, 2020.

You can still get support from us.
Contact our Helpline, at 212-684-3264 or helpline@naminyc.org
Read more about our online Support Groups, as well as our other services that are still available for you.

With 30 support groups, both family members and people living with mental illness are sure to find a group that fits.

You’ll get support, you’ll share coping strategies, and you’ll learn practical information. All groups are led by a trained volunteer with lived experience, and are 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

Support groups for family members and friends:

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

Hablando Español Grupo de Apoyo Familiar – Apoyo, intercambio de estrategias de afrontamiento, y la información práctica para los miembros de la familia de habla hispana y amigos de personas con alguna enfemedad mental.

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 Young Adults – 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.

Support groups for people living with mental illness:

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.

Black Minds Matter – Peer support for people who identify as Black and are living with mental illness or any mental health condition.

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 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.

Suicide Attempt Survivors – An 8-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. Please arrive on time. Late arrivals after 6:15 will not be allowed to participate. Read more about the group here.

Social groups for people living with mental illness:

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.