NAMI Family Support Group
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 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 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:
- See the individual first, not the illness
- Understand that mental health conditions are no one’s fault and can be traumatic experiences
- Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
- 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
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.”
Current and Upcoming NAMI Family Support Groups
NAMI Family Support Group – Meets online the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm (beginning October 20, 2020). CLICK HERE to register to attend.
NAMI Family Support Group – Meets every Wednesday (excluding holidays) from 6:00pm – 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 Connection.)
NAMI Family Support Group – Meets the first Monday of each month at 6:00pm at the Hadley Center, 205 E. 7th, Suite 251, Hays.
NAMI Family 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.
Mid-Kansas (Harvey, Marion and McPherson Counties)
NAMI Family 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 224.
Northeast Kansas/Leavenworth (Leavenworth, Atchison and Jefferson Counties)
NAMI Family Support Group – Meets the second and last Tuesdays of each month at 6:30pm at 1013 Potawatomie, Leavenworth.
NAMI Family Support Group for Family Members of Veterans & Military Service Members – Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at 1013 Potawatomie, Leavenworth.
Southeast Kansas (Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, Labette, and Neosho Counties)
NAMI Family Support Group – Meets the second Monday of each month from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at 1322 S. Broadway, Pittsburg.
NAMI Family Support Group – Meets the second Monday of each month from 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the Topeka & Shawnee County Library (2nd floor meeting room), 1515 SW 10th Ave., Topeka.
NAMI Family 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.
NAMI Family Support Group (combined with a NAMI Connection Group) – Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the College Hill United Methodist Church, 2930 E. First St., Wichita. Enter from the parking lot behind the church on the north side.
Apply to become a NAMI Family Support Group facilitator!
NAMI Family Support Group State Training is scheduled for September 26-27. You may express your interest in becoming a NAMI Family Support Group 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 Family Support Group Training App