Young Adult Connection

To all young adults who are struggling:

About Us

The NAMI Connecticut Young Adult Connection Community is a network of young people striving for success, where we promote all pathways to recovery and healthy living. We are here to support you, guide you, and share our experiences. We are led by other young adults who are in recovery from mental health and substance use conditions who have experiences like yours. In our selection of groups state-wide, you will meet other young people who are also learning how to manage their mental health and well-being with the stress of today's world.

Our Groups

Young Adult Connection Groups
NAMI Young Adult Connection Group is a peer-led support group for any young adult (ages 18-29) who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition/experiencing challenges as a young person. Participants will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by trained leaders who've been there. All of our groups focus on managing mental wellness through thought-provoking activities, recovery skill building, goal planning, socialization, and supportive discussion.

Young Adult Grief Support Group
Grieving after a suicide can be distinctly different from other grieving experiences. For many young adult suicide loss survivors, the opportunity to connect with others who share similar experience is an important step on the path toward healing. Healing Connections is a peer-run support group that focuses specifically on promoting hope and effectively supporting suicide loss survivors as they progress on their journeys of grieving and healing.

Kindness in Action
NAMI Connecticut has partnered with Actively Moving Forward® (AMF), a national support network which connects and empowers grieving young adults.

NAMI-AMF chapter groups are young people helping each other learn to embrace the memories they hold so deeply within their heart and mind and to actively move forward through their grief.

In addition to our young adult bereavement groups, NAMI-AMF members are encouraged to participate in our Social-Engagement events (nature hikes, media nights, block parties, etc.) and Kindness in Action events (book drives, music festivals, clean-up projects, awareness walks, etc.), in honor of the people they've lost.

Young Adult Leadership Opportunities
Learn the skills and understanding to set up and facilitate a NAMI Connecticut Young Adult Connection peer support group!
If you are a young adult (ages 18-29) in recovery from a mental health condition, trauma, and/or other life-interrupting challenges who would like to receive this FREE support group  facilitator training, please apply now.

1. Space is limited. All applicants are required to have an interview by the NAMI Young Adult Coordinator before being accepted into the training.

2. After taking this training, Graduates are required to start up new and/or facilitate existing Young Adult Connection Groups  for a minimum of 6  consecutive months.*

Ending The Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic.

On Campus

NAMI on Campus clubs are student-led, student-run. This means clubs can adapt their activities to what their campus needs. Clubs have hosted movie nights, health fairs, mental health speakers, student and campus leader panels, 5K races, NAMI Connecticut Walks and more. The possibilities are endless!

Student Navigator

The Student Navigator works directly with the Counseling and/or Disability Service Center under the supervision of the NAMI Connecticut Young Adult Coordinator.

The Student Navigator:

  • Engages students in services offered on campus; help them navigate treatment options
  • Facilitate weekly NAMI Connecticut peer support group on campus
  • Participate in various on-campus events including orientation, Fresh Check, fairs or activities, etc.
  • Creates a welcoming environment for students and empower them to effectively utilize all available wellness, career, and academic resources on campus
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