NAMI Santa Clara County offers support groups for people affected by mental illness, led by trained peers with lived experience. We also provide information on related support groups offered by other community organizations. NAMI Support groups are peer-led and aim to empower participants by sharing their experiences and gain support from other support group members. You will find the list of all support groups on pages 2 & 3 of our Current Resource Guide
NAMI CONNECTION RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
Connection Recovery group, is for individual (18+ yrs) who are living with a mental health condition. This group meets every Sunday afternoons from 3-4:30 pm and Monday evenings from 7-8:30 PM at the NAMI office, is particularly well attended. ( To minimize group interruptions, arrive between 2:45-3:10 pm, when the building door is open. For more information, call the Warmline at 408-453-0400, Option 1.) To learn how to participate our ONLINE Connection support group during shelter-in-place, click HERE. While Covid restrictions are in place, CONNECTION support group is also meeting on Thursdays from 7-8:30 pm as an effort to support individuals. Remember, You are not alone. We WILL get through this together.
We also hold Nature Walks from 9-11 am on the 1st Sunday of the month at Campbell Park.
(For more information, call the Davé family at 408-946-4379)
* Note: NAMI does not offer support groups for people under age 18. Normally, groups for children and adolescents must be led by a licensed professional, and NAMI groups are run by trained peers with lived experience. You can try contacting your insurance provider to locate a mental health agency that offers therapy groups for youth.
NAMI does have support groups and an education class (NAMI Basics) for parents and caretakers of children & adolescents with mental health issues.
NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS
NAMI family Support Group is a support group for family members, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. In our county, there are several monthly support groups meeting from Palo Alto to Gilroy. Attend one or more meetings a month according to your family’s needs. We suggest you go to a few different meetings to find the one the group where you find most support for your family’s needs. The list of support groups can be found on pages 2 & 3 of our current Resource Guide. Click HERE to find the list of online meetings during shelter-in-place.
NAMI FAMILY AND PEER SUPPORT GROUPS
This support group is for both family members and for individuals living with mental health conditions. Sometimes, it is helpful to hear the perspectives and experiences from both families and individuals living with mental health conditions. It gives hope for families to see individuals living in recovery and managing their lives and it helps individuals find their voice to express themselves to their families. These are good place for you and your family member can attend together. Click HERE to find the list of online meetings during shelter-in-place.
NAMI SUPPORT GROUPS IN OTHER LANGUAGES
- Spanish: San Jose, Last Friday of month, 7-9:30 pm; 1150 S. Bascom Ave. Suite 24, San Jose. For more information, contact Eugenio Vargas 408-453-0400 x3065) Meeting every Friday during Shelter-in-place. See Famliy support group list for details
- Korean: Cupertino, 1st Friday of month, 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Call for location: Kyo, 408-712-1149
- Mandarin / Cantonese: See NAMI Chinese Support Groups (pdf) for details
Note: Due to COVID Restrictions, some support groups may meet more often. Click Click HERE to find the list of online meetings during shelter-in-place. for updated information and how to register for online support groups.
OTHER LOCAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS
Our current Resource Guide also lists meeting dates, times, locations and contact information of other local community organizations offering mental health support groups for Consumers, Families and Friends.
In addition, we list related support groups from organizations including:
- Parents Helping Parents
- Suicide & Crisis Services
- Centre for Living with Dying
- Services for Brain Injury (SBI)
- YWCA support groups for teens and adults for trauma
Note: Due to Covid restrictions, the dates mentioned below may differ. Refer the Resource Guide for updated meeting information.