Support Groups

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NAMI’s support groups follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to be helped. All NAMI CI support groups are free and confidential and require no registration.

NAMI CI support groups.

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NAMI Connection

NAMI Connection is 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. 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.

When: Wednesdays – 6:30-8:00 pm and Thursdays – 2:00-3:30 pm

Where: 416 Douglas Ave., Ste. 205, Ames

Contact: 515-292-9400

*Newcomers are encouraged to phone for more information before attending.

NAMI Connection 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

 NAMI Family Support Group

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led group for adult family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

When: 4th Thursday of each month (Except November & December, the 3rd Thursday) at 7 p.m.

Where: 416 Douglas Ave., Ste. 205, Ames

Contact: 515-292-9400

NAMI Family Support Group will help you:

  • Talk productively about your challenges and goals
  • Find a community who can relate
  • 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
  • Benefit through other’s experiences
  • Discover your inner strength
  • Learn how to identify local resources and how to use them