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.
Connection Support groups are open only to individuals who live with mental illness to preserve a safe place to share openly. To maintain this, we do not allow individuals without lived experience to observe the groups.
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.
No group held on July 4
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.
1st and 3rd WEDNESDAYS from 6:30-8 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.
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!