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NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. The groups meet on a bi-weekly, weekly or monthly basis.

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way

 

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NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

  • Free of cost to participants
  • Designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness
  • Led by family members of individuals living with mental illness
  • Meets weekly or monthly
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
  • Confidential

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard, and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You’ll benefit through other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and learn now to identify local resources and how to use them.

NAMI Family Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way

 

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NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you’ll learn about:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family

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In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), in which two trained presenters share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

The In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness Program is NAMI’s national effort to educate the general public and, more importantly, change the attitudes, preconceived notions and stereotypes of who and what persons living with mental illness look and act like.

An In Our Own Voice presentation consists of a 15 minute video and two trained presenters who give their own first-hand experience on what it is like to live with a mental illness. The video and presentation is divided into four sections, starting with an Introduction and moving on to the sequential topics of Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Skills and finally Successes, Hopes and Dreams. At each interval, the presenters share part of their story and then engage the audience in a discussion on the topic. The message represented in the video and by the presenters is both powerful and heartfelt. Presenters with the IOOV program put a face on mental illness that will resonate with the public and help them better understand the realities of persons living with mental illness. The entire length of the In Our Own Voice presentation is approximately 45 minutes. All presentations are offered free of charge.

IOOV presenters present in front of many diverse audiences, including students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups.. We are proud and gratified that the IOOV program and presenters have been featured in newspaper articles all over the United States.

With the President’s Freedom Commission Report focusing on the need to eliminate stigma, it is exciting to report that NAMI’s In Our Own Voice program has positioned itself to become the largest anti-stigma program in the country.

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What is NAMI Ending the Silence?

NAMI Ending the Silence is a free, 50 minute presentation designed to give students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative Power Point and short videos. Through the presentation, students learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness, and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support. Additionally, the presentation includes personal testimony from a young adult living with a mental illness about his/her journey to recovery.

NAMI Southeast Colorado, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its NAMI Ending the Silence presentation to youth groups of middle or high school age.

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“It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student.” -Teacher

“I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.” -Student

Contact us to schedule a NAMI Ending the Silence presentation for your school!

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