NAMI Connection


NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.


2018 Connection Support Group Schedule (pdf)

North Austin

2nd and 4th WEDNESDAYS from 7-8:30 p.m.
Hillcrest Baptist Church | 3838 Steck Ave, Austin, TX
Group meets in Room 0107.

1st and 3rd WEDNESDAYS from 7-8:30 p.m.
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services | 1009 North Georgetown St, Round Rock, TX
Turn into the drive from Georgetown street and take a right toward the parking lot at the back of the building. Enter through the glass door, and the meeting is in D1.

South Austin

1st and 3rd WEDNESDAYS from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Integral Care | 1700 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Head South on Lamar then turn onto Collier Street. Take the third left into large parking lot behind a single story building that says training room. You enter the glass door closest to Collier.


What To Expect

What You Should Expect

  • Meets bi-monthly for 90-minute sessions.
  • Designed for adults (18 and over) living with mental illness. Family members should consider participation in a Family Support Group.
  • Connection support groups are not an appropriate setting for children, and childcare is not available at these locations. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
  • Facilitated by a trained team of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Confidential setting where you can share as much or as little personal information as you want. NAMI Connection Support Groups  are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need.
  • We ask all participants to be respectful of the property and be mindful that other groups and activities are often taking place at the same time.

The Principles of Support

    • We will see the individual first, not the illness.
    • We recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers.
    • We understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events.
    • We aim for better coping skills.
    • We find strength in sharing experiences.
    • We reject stigma and do not tolerate discrimination.
    • We won’t judge anyone’s pain as less than our own.
    • We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
    • We embrace humor as healthy.
    • We accept we cannot solve all problems.
    • We expect a better future in a realistic way.
    • We will never give up hope.

Why Attend

Why Attend

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way



Ready to share your story? Become a trained teacher, facilitator, or presenter. Attend our next Volunteer Information Session!