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.

* Note:  The NAMI Newsletter and Resource Guide Page displays our current Resource Guide, which lists (on pages 2 and 3) the most up-to-date information on both NAMI Format and non-NAMI community support groups, including date, time, location and contact information.

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NAMI Format Support Groups

For a current list of all local support groups led by NAMI trained facilitators who follow the NAMI standard format, see Page 2 of our NAMI Santa Clara County Resource Guide.  NAMI SCC offers support to the following communities:

Consumers (persons living with a mental illness)

The peer led Connection Recovery group, which meets every Sunday afternoons from 3-4:30 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 Barbara or Hope at 408-453-0400 x3080)

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)

Family and Friends of persons with living with mental illness

We currently have seven NAMI support groups for family, friends and caregivers that each meet on a monthly basis.

Family, Friends, and Consumers

We currently have several support groups for family, friends, caregivers and consumers that each meet on a monthly basis.

Support groups in other languages include:
  • 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)
  • 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: 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.

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)
  • API (Asian Pacific Islanders) Adult & Young Adult Peer Support