Why You Should Attend
Reinforcement in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance
At each meeting, you review the Group Guidelines and Principles of Support and update the group on the current events in your life, then spend the bulk of the meeting in group discussion or "group work."
The group addresses group members' urgent issues, and participants share their learned experience or "group wisdom."As a participant, your voice is heard, and you can contribute to a dynamic environment that encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.
Tools for caring for yourself and for your loved one
The support group can offer you general mental illness information and practical advice on issues related to your loved one's mental illness. It also gives you the appropriate space to have your personal needs met; therefore, equipping you to provide the best possible care for your family member.
Taking time to voice your experiences and to hear others' experiences may help you access your inner reserves of strength. By joining the support group, you could gain confidence in coping with your family member's mental illness, as well as gain local knowledge on how to best access services for your family member.
When are the meetings?
THIRD Tuesday of the Month
ONLINE or BY PHONE
Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Download the app before attempting to join the meeting.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): +1 (877) 309-2073
United States: +1 (312) 757-3129
Access Code: 242-895-261
NAMI Parent and Caregiver Support Group is a peer-led support group for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
Childcare provided for children (18 and under) that are able to use the restroom independently.
What You Should Expect
- Meets monthly for
90 minutesessions, free of charge.
- Designed for caregivers of children (18 and under) living with mental illness.
- Facilitated by a trained team of caregivers of individuals living with mental illness.
- Everything is confidential. Share as much or as little personal information as you want.
- Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies for your family member.
- Guided by the Principles of Support.