NAMI Connection is a free, peer-led support group program for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. These groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope.
The groups are led by trained individuals who are in recovery themselves. They understand your daily challenges and can offer you encouragement and support. All groups are confidential – you can share as much or as little personal information as you wish. By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. You’ll benefit from others’ experiences, discover your inner strength and empower yourself by sharing your own experiences in a non-judgmental space. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. Support groups are open to all adults with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. Participants should feel welcome to drop by and share feelings, difficulties, or successes.
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 (varies by location)
- No specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed
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.”
Current and Upcoming NAMI Connection Support Groups
NAMI Connection Monday Support Group – Meets online the third Monday of each month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. CLICK HERE to register to attend.
NAMI Connection Wednesday Support Group – Meets online the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. CLICK HERE to register to attend.
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets the first Thursday of each month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Journey to Recovery, 112 W. Pine, El Dorado.
Central Kansas (Saline County)
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Ashby House, 142 S. 7th St., Salina.
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets every Wednesday (excluding holidays) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St., Lawrence. Enter the building at the north entrance on Vermont Street at the accessibility ramp or stairs. (The first Wednesday of every month is a combined meeting with NAMI Family Support Group.)
Flint Hills (Riley, Potawatomie and Geary Counties)
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets every Tuesday from 3:45pm – 5:00pm at Morning Star Inc., 467 E. Poyntz, Manhattan.
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets the first Monday of each month at 6:00pm at the Hadley Center, 205 E. 7th, Suite 251, Hays.
NOTE: The NAMI Connection Support Group is now meeting online via Zoom on the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm! CLICK HERE to join! (Meeting ID 945 0050 9773; Passcode 396209) To join by phone, call 1-312-626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode when prompted.
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00pm at Nall Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 6301 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village.
Kansas City Kansas
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30pm at the Trinity Methodist Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City.
Mid-Kansas (Harvey, Marion and McPherson Counties)
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at the First Mennonite Church, 429 E. 1st St., Newton. Enter through the south door by the playground and go upstairs to Room 225.
Northeast Kansas/Leavenworth (Leavenworth, Atchison and Jefferson Counties)
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets the second and last Tuesdays of each month at 6:30pm – Click here to join the meeting —> https://zoom.us/j/6555763267 (Meeting ID is 6555763267.) To call in from your phone, dial 1-346-248-7799 – then enter the Meeting ID 6555763267 followed by the # sign.
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets the second Wednesday of each month from 4:30pm – 5:30pm at the Hutchinson Public Library (Upstairs), 901 N. Main, Hutchinson.
Southeast Kansas (Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, Labette, and Neosho Counties)
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at 1322 S. Broadway, Pittsburg.
Care and Share Support Group (sponsored jointly with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) – Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month (after a monthly program meeting on the third Wednesdays) from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Valeo Behavioral Healthcare, 330 SW Oakley (enter through the west door, meeting on lower level).
Care and Share Support Group (sponsored jointly with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) – Meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the Topeka & Shawnee County Library (2nd floor meeting room), 1515 SW 10th Ave., Topeka.
NAMI Connection Support Group – Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:15pm at 1010 N. Main, Wichita. The building is located at the northeast corner of 9th and Main. The parking lot can be reached from the south via a driveway on the west side of the building off 9th Street or from the north off Main Street.
Apply to become a NAMI Connection facilitator!
NAMI Connection State Training is scheduled for August 22-23. You may express your interest in becoming a NAMI Connection facilitator by downloading and completing an application for training and submitting it to firstname.lastname@example.org. NAMI Kansas will then contact you with further information.NAMI Connection Training App
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