NAMI Connection

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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.

Schedule

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.
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.

South Austin

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.

Calendar

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

Volunteer

Volunteer

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