Too often, struggling to cope with a loved one's mental health condition can be overwhelming for family members. NAMI Family Support Group can help you maintain your own well-being while loving and supporting your loved one.  

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Groups generally meet on a monthly basis but may meet weekly. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants.

What You Should Expect 

  • Meets monthly or weekly for 90-minute sessions free of charge

  • Designed for loved ones (18 and over) of individuals living with mental illness

  • Facilitated by a trained team of family members of individuals living with mental illness

  • 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 Principles of Support.

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 urgent issues of its members and participants share their learned experience, or "group wisdom." As a participant, your voice is heard, and you can contribute to a dynamic 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 practical advice on addressing issues related to mental illness and your loved one. It also gives you the appropriate space to have your personal needs met so that you can provide the best possible care for your family member. Taking time to voice your experiences and to hear from others may help you develop your inner reserves of strength. You may gain confidence in your ability to cope with your family member’s mental illness as well as local knowledge on how to best access needed services for your family member.

For Family and Friends Supporting Loved Ones with Mental Health Needs

 

1st Tuesday | 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM 

Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital - Library

7503 Surratts Road

Clinton, Maryland 20735

 

2nd Tuesday | 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Interdynamics, Inc.

8181 Professional Place, Suite 200 

Landover, Maryland 20785 

 

For Parents & Caregivers of Children & Teens With Emotional & Behavioral Health Needs

3rd Tuesday | 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

South Bowie Library Conference Room

15301 Hall Road

Bowie, MD 20721

 

3rd Saturday | 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Bowie Senior Center

14900 Health Center Drive

Bowie, MD 20716 

Contact Us

Hanko Building

8511 Legation Road

New Carrollton, MD 20784 

Office: (301) 429-0970  

Fax:  (301) 429-0971 

Email: nami.pgcmd1@gmail.com 

HELPLINE

(301) 429-0970

(English & Spanish) 

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