Our Support Groups

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

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.

All groups meet at NAMI-NYC unless otherwise noted.

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

Support groups for people living with mental illness:

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

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. Use humor to help 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.

Hearing Voices – Peer support for anyone who identifies as a voice hearer. This is the only open group for voice hearers in NYC.

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

MICA – For individuals living with mental illness and substance disorders.

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

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

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

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.

Positive Health – For adults living with any mental illness and HIV.

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.

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.

Support groups for family members and friends:

Criminal Justice – For family members of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system.

Family & Friends – For family members and friends of people with any mental illness.

Family & 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 & Adolescents – This peer-run self help group offers support and practical information in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Participants can share their experiences and learn coping strategies from fellow parents.

Sibling & Adult Child – For siblings or adult children of individuals 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.

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