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The Coronavirus outbreak is leaving many people feeling anxious, angry, sad, or scared. People living with mental health conditions, their loved ones, and their caregivers face unique challenges during this public health crisis. You are not alone.

NAMI Connecticut is here for you with virtual support groups and education programs.

To serve our community and to reach people with mental health issues and their loved ones who need help at this unprecedented time, NAMI Connecticut is holding three statewide online support groups. Our nine affiliates and the volunteers we depend on are also holding virtual support groups and education programs. Currently 10 family support groups, 11 NAMI Connection peer support groups, 2 veterans support groups, 6 Young Adult Connection Community support groups—including a daily YACC group, and 3 NAMI- CAN (Child & Adolescent Network) groups are available online. And we are working every day to add more.

Our support groups are led by trained facilitators with lived experience with mental health issues or with a family member who has a mental health condition.


Browse the categories below to find a group online.
A group you may have attended previously, or facilitated by someone in your local area, may now be available online. 

If you don’t see an option that works for you, please check back for updates. We are continually adding new online groups as they become available.

Because we care about the health and well-being of our community, we are offering our Family support groups by video conference and conference call.

If you don’t see an option that works for you, please check back for updates. We are continually adding new online groups as they become available.

 

Live family support meetings are offered three times a week.


Please check below for the latest online support groups , and call or email the contacts listed below for status.

NAMI Family Community Check-In
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday - NOTE, Due to a scheduling conflict, their will be no group held on Thursday, 7/9.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 893 361 071
Contact admin@namict.org, or Tom at (860) 202-4487 for the meeting password

NAMI Cheshire Family Support Group
Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the third Thursday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 851 9629 1339
Contact Deb at kaszas@sbcglobal.net, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password.

Danbury Family Support Group (1)
Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the First Tuesday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 472 941 987
Contact Gale (860) 350-4915, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

Danbury Family Support Group (2)
Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Third Tuesday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 476 888 891
Contact Gale (860) 350-4915, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI Elm City Family Support
Time: 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Second Wednesday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 851 262 236
Contact Vicky: (203) 215-1034, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI FV Bristol Support Group
Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every Month on Last Wednesday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 910 379 576
Contact Michele: (860) 205-9542, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI FV Newington Support Group
Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every Month on 2nd Thursday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 826 529 942
Contact Michele: (860) 205-9542, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI FV Avon Support Group
Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every Month on 3rd Monday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 536 024 163
Contact Marilyn: (860) 480-9451, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI FV Simsbury Support Group
Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every Month on 2nd Thursday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 637 619 452
Contact Carmen: (860) 205-9542; or Marisa: (860) 299-5705, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI Manchester Support Group (1)
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time
Every 1st Tuesday of the month
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Contact Roberta: rcluby@comcast.net for the meeting ID & password

NAMI Manchester Support Group (2)
Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time
Every 3rd Thursday of the month
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Contact Roberta: rcluby@comcast.net for the meeting ID & password

NAMI Manchester Support Group (3)
Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time
Every 4th Thursday of the month
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Contact Roberta: rcluby@comcast.net for the meeting ID & password

NAMI Ridgefield Support Group Meeting
Time: 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the second Thursday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 212 727 055
Contact Sheryl: sherylsheehan@gmail.com, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI Shoreline Tuesday Friends & Family Group
Time: Apr 14, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Second Tuesday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 784 421 723
Contact: Divinna (860) 876-0236, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI Shoreline Wednesday Friends & Family Group
Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Fourth Wednesday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 951 698 705
Contact: Wendy (203) 779-9686, or Susan (203) 421-5563, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI Southeastern CT Support Group
Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the first and third Wednesday and Thursday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 747 222 466
Contact Norm: (860) 608-5962, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI Southwest CT Friends & Family Support Groups
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time
Every Tuesday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 208 443 3181
Contact Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

NAMI Windham County Friends & Family Support Group
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Fourth Tuesday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 622 198 833
Contact: Bill & Terri (860) 928-5947, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

 


 

Live online meetings offered twice a week.


Please check below for the latest online support groups:

Mon & Wed NAMI Connection Recovery Support Check-In – Starting at 3:00PM
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 922 621 095
Contact Don: 203-378-2500, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

Mansfield Connection Recovery Group
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (Us and Canada)
Every month of the First and Third Fridays
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 815 1689 5651
Contact Don: 203-378-2500, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

West Hartford Connection Recovery Support Group (1)
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month of the First Tues
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 517 315 125
Contact Don: 203-378-2500, or Pat at: admin@namict.org, or Harold: (860) 580-6879 for the meeting password

West Hartford Connection Recovery Support Group (2)
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Third Tue
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 931 773 016
Contact Don: 203-378-2500, or Pat at: admin@namict.org, or Harold: (860) 580-6879 for the meeting password

New Haven Connection Recovery Support Group (1)
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Second Wed,
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 570 267 384
Contact Don: 203-378-2500, or Pat at: admin@namict.org, or Mandi: 203-589-0628 for the meeting password

New Haven Connection Recovery Support Group (2)
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Fourth Wed,
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 973 097 211
Contact Don: 203-378-2500, or Pat at: admin@namict.org, or Mandi: 203-589-0628 for the meeting password

Hamden Connection Recovery Support Group (1)
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Second Thu
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 273 128 803
Contact Don: 203-378-2500, or Pat at: admin@namict.org, or Paul: 475-201-3810 for the meeting password

Hamden Connection Recovery Support Group (2)
Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Fourth Thu
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 960 951 510
Contact Don: 203-378-2500, or Pat at: admin@namict.org for the meeting password

 

Because we care about the health and well-being of our community, we are offering our Veteran Connection Recovery support groups by video conference and conference call.

 

Newington Veteran Connection Recovery Group
Time: 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Thursday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 748 913 310
Contact Don: 203-378-2500, Pat at: admin@namict.org, or Harold: (860) 580-6879 for the meeting password

 

West Haven Veteran Connection Recovery Group
Time: 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Tuesday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 486 929 450
Contact Don: 203-378-2500, Pat at: admin@namict.org, or Mandi: 203-589-0628 for the meeting password

 

NAMI Connecticut Young Adult Connection Community:
The NAMI Connecticut Young Adult Connection Community  is a peer-led support network for emerging adults (ages 18-29) who may be experiencing mental health and/or other challenges as a young person. In our selection of groups, young people will have an opportunity to connect with others who are also learning how to manage their mental health and well-being with the stress of today's world. All of our groups focus on managing mental wellness through thought-provoking activities, recovery skill building, goal planning, socialization, and supportive discussion.
Live online meetings offered every day.

Please see below for all other online support groups and Activities
Updated Virtual Young Adult Connection Community Groups & Activities (as of 6/24/2020):

Young Adult Connection Community Check-In
Monday – Friday
Time: 3:30PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 782 947 997
Contact Val: vlepoutre@namict.org or call 860 882-0236 for the meeting password

Young Adult Connection Community Group
Second and Fourth Mondays
Time: 6:00PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 854 2051 2677
Contact Alex: aboedecker@namict.org or call 860 882-0236 for the meeting password

Rainbow Connections - an LGBTQ+ Community Group
First and Third Tuesdays
Time: 6:00PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 782 401 986
Contact Val: vlepoutre@namict.org or call Seren: (650) 561-5525 for the meeting password

Young Adult Connection Community Group
Second and Fourth Tuesdays
Time: 6:00PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 782 401 986
Contact Val: vlepoutre@namict.org or call Kim: (860) 560-6966 for the meeting password

Young Adult Game Night
Wednesdays
Time: 6:30PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 383 103 578
Contact Val: vlepoutre@namict.org or call Keith: 860 670-1393 for the meeting password

Young Adult Connection Community Group
Thursdays
Time: 6:00PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 928 996 485
Contact Val: vlepoutre@namict.org or call Collin: 860 510-2109 for the meeting password

Young Adult Connection Community Group
Second and Fourth Fridays
Time: 6:30PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 815 1689 5651
Contact Val: vlepoutre@namict.org

Young Adult Virtual “Drop-In”
Fridays
Time: 4:00PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 782 947 997
Contact Alex: aboedecker@namict.org or call 860 882-0236 for the meeting password

Young Adult Movie Night
Saturdays
Time: 7:00PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 891 8279 9150
Contact Alex: aboedecker@namict.org or call 860 882-0236 for the meeting password

Young Adult Virtual Brunch and Meditation
Sundays
Time: 12:00PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 833 4472 5266
Contact Alex: aboedecker@namict.org or call 860 882-0236 for the meeting password

Young Adult SMART Recovery Community
Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by our science-based and sensible 4-Point Program.

SMART Recovery – For Ages 18 & Up:

Tuesdays – Starting at 6:00PM
Facilitated by TurningPointCT
https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/6651939516
Contact Amy: oestreicher@thehubct.org

SMART Recovery – For Teens 16-18 – Starting at 4:00 PM
Facilitated by TurningPointCT
https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/6651939516
Contact Amy: oestreicher@thehubct.org
More SMART Recovery Meetings Available - https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/

Because we care about the health and well-being of our community, we are offering the following support groups by video conference and conference call.

 

Opioid Support Group Meetings

Family Group Meetings
Mondays: 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Recovery Group Meetings
Wednesdays: 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Please call or email Paul Brainerd, or email Pat at admin@namict.org for an invite to one of our Google Hangout Video Conferencing Opioid Support Group Meetings:

Paul Brainerd
NAMI Opioid Support Group Coordinator
pbrainerd@namict.org
(860) 882-8674

Because we care about the health and well-being of our community, we are offering our NAMI CAN support groups by video conference and conference call.

If you don’t see an option that works for you, please check back for updates. We are continually adding new online groups as they become available.

 

Wilton

Wilton NAMI CAN (1)
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the First Monday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 596 783 943
Contact: Pat at admin@namict.org, or Beth at (203) 203-984-0123, or Vanessa at (203) 970-4130 for the meeting password

Wilton NAMI CAN (2)
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every Month on the Third Monday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 771 786 639
Contact: Pat at admin@namict.org, or Beth at (203) 203-984-0123, or Vanessa at (203) 970-4130 for the meeting password

Farmington Valley NAMI-CAN Support Group
Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every Month on 1st Monday
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 811 3948 8309
Contact: Pat at admin@namict.org, or Grace: (860) 693-9310 for the meeting password

NAMI Southwest CAN Support Groups:

Every Wednesday
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM Eastern Time
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 208 443 3181
Contact: Pat at admin@namict.org for the meeting password

1st Monday of the Month
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 596 783 943
Contact: Pat at admin@namict.org for the meeting password

3rd Monday of the Month
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/
Meeting ID: 771 786 639
Contact Pat at admin@namict.org for the meeting password

 


 

 

Our support groups by video conference and conference call only. Please do not travel to any of the sites listed below, as these groups are not currently meeting. Please see the section above for the virtual (online) support groups we are currently hosting.

 

      About Our Programs

      Facilitated by people who have experienced what you have/are going through.
      Our support groups are available throughout the state, are completely confidential and are peer-led.

      NAMI Connecticut offers no-cost training and statewide support to a diverse network of peer-led support groups that serve family members, parents/caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral health concerns and persons living with mental illness.

      Groups Include:

      • NAMI Friends and Family
      • NAMI-CAN (Child and Adolescent Network)
      • NAMI Connection Recovery Groups (People with Lived Experience)
      • NAMI Connecticut Young Adult Connection Community Groups (18-29)
      • NAMI Connecticut Young Adult Grief Groups (18-29)

      Education Classes

      NAMI Basics
      A no-cost six-week program that allows families to connect to another while learning about mental illness, its impact on children and adolescents, strategies to deal with schools and providers and tool to empower parents/caregivers to overcome new challenges. This program is for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral health challenges that have diverse complex needs. Learn More >

      Family-to-Family
      A nationally recognized no-cost evidence-based twelve-week program that provides education on the neurobiological basis of serious mental illnesses, information, resources and support for family members of individuals with serious mental illness based on lived experiences of other family members. Program is delivered by trained volunteer family facilitators and is available throughout the state on a regular basis. Learn More >

      NAMI Homefront

      A free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans with behavioral and mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions. Learn More >

      Presentations

      NAMI Overview
      Learn about all the wonderful programs and services available from NAMI Connecticut and our statewide network of affiliates. Many of these programs are FREE to the public! Learn More >

      Mental Health 101
      Learn all about what is required to maintain good mental health, as well as common mental illnesses, symptoms and behaviors; and what mental illness is and ISN’T. Also, a brief overview of all the important programs and services provided by NAMI Connecticut and its network of statewide affiliates. Learn More >

      Mental Health Policy
      Learn about NAMI Connecticut’s Public Policy Program and how our organization advocates locally and at the state level for caregivers as well as people living with mental health conditions. Learn More >

      Ending the Silence
      Beginning in 2016 NAMI Connecticut will bring this program to Connecticut. The program consists of an educational package designed to teach students on three grade levels, upper elementary, middle school, and high school about serious mental illness, thereby starting early on to reduce the stigma and discrimination that surrounds individuals with mental illness. Learn More >

      In Our Own Voice
      A no-cost program offering personal testimonials from individuals living with mental health conditions and share their journey of recovery. The program is a prime vehicle for NAMI Connecticut’s outreach and education to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness. Presentations usually run 60 to 90 minutes in length, though a 45 minute version is also available. Learn More >

      Parents & Teachers as Allies
      This program offers educators and school administrators an in- service training covering the neurobiological basis of mental illness, the signs and symptoms associated with early onset of serious mental illness in children as well as local and state resources to share with parents. A trained panel consisting of a family member, a person with mental illness, and an educator delivers the program. Learn More >

      Sharing Hope
      A no-cost interactive educational presentation that aims to decrease mental health stigma in the African-American faith community and the Latino community in general to increase awareness of mental health recovery, and to introduce NAMI education and support programs. The program is presented by a panel of individuals with the lived experience of mental illness and the family member experience. English & Spanish. Learn More >

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