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NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by trained leaders who've been there.

NAMI’s 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.

  • Free of cost to participants

  • Designed for adults (18+) with mental health conditions

  • Led by people with mental health conditions

  • 90 minutes long and meets weekly, every other week or monthly

  • No specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed

  • Confidential

 

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you can gain hope and feel a sense of connection. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You'll benefit from other's experiences, discover your inner strength and empower yourself by sharing your own experiences in a non-judgmental space.

 

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

  • Aim for better coping skills

  • Find strength in sharing experiences

  • Not judge anyone's pain

  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt

  • Embrace humor as healthy

  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem

  • Understand that mental health conditions are no one's fault and can be traumatic experiences

 

What People Are Saying

 

“… People can solve problems [at a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group]. It isn't just a bunch of sad stories; people are coming up with solutions and stuff to do for the next week. One of our group attendees is taking her meds and getting herself to her counselor and is just about able to go back to her career in great part due to Connection.”

"NAMI Connection has enabled me to take a good look at my illness and see that I am not alone. The program has given me additional tools to not only accept my illness, but to help others along the way."

 

  • Monthly program meeting followed by Care & Share Support Group co-sponsored jointly with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

    • 3rd Wednesday each month

    • 6:00 pm  

    • Valeo Behavioral Health, 330 Oakley St, lower level conference room

    • For more information, contact Donna Robinson at 785-438-9236 

  • Care & Share Support Group co-sponsored with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

    • 1st  Monday each month

    • 6:00 pm

    • Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th, 2nd floor meeting room

    • For more information, contact Donna Robinson at 785-438-9236                                   

  • Join NAMI on Campus for the brown bag lunch Connection meeting.  Bring your lunch and support each other.​​

    • Mondays - October 7, October 28, November 11, November 25

    • Tuesdays -  October 22, November 5, November 19, December 3

    • 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm  

    • Memorial Union, Washburn University, Thomas Room

    • For more information, contact Tisha Prather at 785-671-1629 tisha.prather@washburn.edu or Angela Crumer at angela.crumer@washburn.edu

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.

NAMI’s support groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

  • Free of cost to participants

  • Designed for adult loved ones of people with mental health conditions

  • Led by family members of people with mental health conditions

  • 60-90 minutes long and meets monthly

  • No specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed

  • Confidential

 

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe setting, you can gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You'll benefit from other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and empower yourself by sharing your own experiences in a non-judgmental space.

 

NAMI Family Support Group will help you:

  • Aim for better coping skills

  • Find strength in sharing experiences

  • Not judge anyone’s pain

  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt

  • Embrace humor as healthy

  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem

  • Understand that mental health conditions are no one's fault and can be traumatic experiences

 

What People Are Saying

“The most beneficial thing for me was that I am not alone. I found the NAMI Family Support Group at the time I really needed it!”

"The support group facilitators and attendees were respectful of other people's experiences and were non-judgmental when there were different ways of handling things."

"I felt I received constructive, practical and helpful information from group members."

"Using the [NAMI] support group model is so essential to the success of our family support groups. As a group, the collective wisdom covered a lot of possibilities."

  • Family Support Group

    • 2nd Monday

    • 6:00 pm

    • Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th, 2nd floor meeting room​

    • For more information, contact Susan Barnes at 785-286-0489 or sedebarnes@hotmail.com or Kay Logan at kay.logan@att.net 

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