Local Affiliates

Currently, we are not holding any in-person support group meetings due to COVID-19. NAMI Connecticut is here for you with virtual support groups and education programs. Please visit our support group page under the Find Help tab to view all online support groups.

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.

Affiliates have many programs and activities that allow members to participate as much or as little as they like. Some sponsor regular, full affiliate meetings while others offer monthly support and/or education sessions. VISIT YOUR LOCAL AFFILIATE AND SEE WHAT YOU FIND!

NAMI Affiliates by Region

Monthly Public Speakers: September - May
For more information call or text:
Vicky (203) 215-1034

Friends & Family Support Group

First Congregational Church
148 Beach Rd., Fairfield
1st Wednesday, Speaker Meeting
3rd Wednesday, Support Group
Both Meetings – 7:30 – 9:00pm
(203) 586-0826

Fairfield Public Library
Book Club
2nd Thursday (every other month)
See http://www.namifairfield.org for schedule (203) 586-0826; Email: namifairfield@gmail.com

Friends & Family Support Group

Valley Community Baptist Church, Valley Cafe Room
590 West Avon Rd., Route 167, Avon
3rd Monday – 7:00 – 8:30pm
Contact: Marilyn (860) 480-9451

Bloomfield Community Center, 330 Park Avenue, Bloomfield
Starting with FIRST meeting at their NEW location: Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
4th Tuesday - 7:00-8:30pm
Gail (860) 637-2228 or Rose Anne (860) 948-8736

Bristol Senior Community Center - NOTE NEW LOCATION!
240 Stafford Ave, Bristol, CT
Last Wednesday of the month, 7:00- 8:45pm, Rm. 101
Michele (860) 205-9542

Joseph Doyle Senior Center
120 Cedar St., Newington
2nd Thursday – 7:00 – 8:45pm
Michele (860) 205-9542

Simsbury Senior Center
754 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury
1st Monday, 7:00-8:30 pm
Marisa (860) 299-5705;
Carmen (860) 803-4139

Windsor Locks
Stonebrook Village, Gathering Room
555 Old Country Road
2nd Sunday – 2:00pm
Judy (860) 966-6226 or Bruce (860) 924-5129


Friends & Family Support Group

Center Church, Manchester
3rd Thursday – 7:00 – 8:30pm
Nancy (860) 633-0622

Friends & Family Support Group

Madison Senior Center
29 Bradley Road, Madison, CT 06443
4th Wednesday – 7:00 to 8:30pm
Wendy (203) 779-9686
Susan (203) 421-5563 / cayerstout@hotmail.com


Friends & Family Support

South Eastern Mental Health Authority
401 West Thames St., Bldg 301, Norwich
1st & 3rd Wednesday – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Julia (860) 859-4658

Friends & Family Support Group

Tully Health Ctr, 32 Strawberry Hill Court
Conference Rm. B, Stamford
1st Wednesday – 7:30 – 9:00pm, See Affiliate website for complete support group and speaker meetings
Lorraine (203) 858-1477

Friends & Family Support Group

Old Russell School, 969 West Main St.
2nd & 4th Wednesday – 7:00 – 8:30pm
Karin (203) 264-4408


Congregtional Church of Putnam
75 Main Street, Putnam (use the Livery St. parking Lot behind the church and enter the door off the parking lot)
2nd Monday – 6:00-8:00pm
Bill and Terri (860) 928-5947

Professional & Community Programs

NAMI Connecticut offers a number of programs to serve the needs of community and professional audiences. For more information on any of the programs listed here, please call the NAMI Connecticut office at: 1-800-215-3021.

NAMI Connecticut offers customized professional presentations and in-service programs to meet the needs of a specific organization. Depending upon the time involved, a professional fee may be required.

NAMI Connecticut is available to provide community groups with information on mental illness – including specific disorders, and our organization. These presentations can be tailored to fit a group’s specific needs and time allotment.

NAMI Ending the Silence
NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) is a prevention and early intervention program that engages youth in a discussion about mental health. This 50-minute in-school presentation is designed for middle and high school age youth. Students learn early warning signs of mental illness, as well as receive resources and tools to help themselves, friends or family members who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness. They may also may realize that they’re not alone. This program is offered to schools and students at no cost(!), though donations are always welcome. Read More...

For more information or to schedule a presentation of ETS, please contact Valerie Le, NAMI Connecticut Program Director, at (860) 882-0236, x31, or via email at: vlepoutre@namict.org

NAMI Provider Education
NAMI Provider Education is a five-session staff development program for healthcare personnel who work directly with people affected by mental illness. This unique program is led by people living in recovery and by family members who share their personal, intimate perspective on their treatment experience. The material is also available in a 4-hour introductory seminar.

The course helps providers understand the challenges that families and individuals face and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to live with mental illness. Read More...

Mental Health Providers commented that they learned:

  • “Next steps for fostering collaborative relationships with my clients and their family members.”
  • “Help on how to integrate family members into treatment and ways to encourage patients to include family members in care.”
  • “Enhanced person-centered practices for client success and wellness.”
  • “Better ways to communicate with all involved in treatment and advocacy for people living with a mental illness.”
  • “How to obtain support services for family members and what NAMI can offer.”
  • “A better understanding and increased knowledge of the relationship between providers, family members and consumers.”
  • “How to overcome barriers to collaboration.”

For information on this program please contact Paul Brainerd, NAMI Connecticut Provider Education Coordinator, at: (860) 882-0236, or via email at: pbrainerd@namict.org

Mental Health First Aid

NAMI Connecticut has trained Mental Health First Aid instructors who are available to conduct this course. The course provides a basic overview of mental health issues and diagnoses, as well as strategies that can be used to help someone who may be in crisis. This is an eight hour course and there is a charge to take the course.


Please Consider Donating or Joining NAMI Connecticut Today.
Please consider donating or joining NAMI Connecticut today. We offer FREE Education, Support and Advocacy for families, professionals and those living with mental health issues. Please email Lisa Winjum, Executive Director at lwinjum@namict.org for more information on how we can support you as a professional.

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