Support groups planned for those with mental illness and their families

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NAMI-Yolo invites all adults who are recovering from mental illnesses, regardless of diagnosis, to weekly NAMI Connection recovery support groups, and invites their adult relatives to NAMI Family Support Groups twice a month.

Meetings are led by participants’ trained peers. There is no cost to participants. There is no need to register. Participants are welcome to drop by and share feelings, difficulties, or successes. Meetings are confidential — participants can share as much or as little personal information as they wish.

The Davis Connection recovery support group will meet Thursdays from 12-1:30 p.m. on May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 in the Community Room at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 1220 Olive Drive in Davis.

The Woodland Connection recovery support group will meet Friday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. on May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1 in the Wellness Center of the Bauer Building, 137 North Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

The Family Support Group will meet on the second and fourth Sundays, May 13 and 27, 1:30-3 p.m. at Woodland Memorial Hospital in the main Cafeteria Conference Room, 1325 Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

NAMI Connection is open to all adults with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. It is a 90-minute support group run by people who live with mental illness for other people who live with mental illness. NAMI-trained peer facilitators lead the group. They understand the daily challenges of living with a mental illness and can offer encouragement and support. The program uses principles of support designed to empower its members. It focuses on allowing all participants to share their experiences and learn from each other in a safe and confidential environment.

Too often, mental illness is an isolating experience, accompanied by profound anxiety.  For those diagnosed with a mental illness, talking with someone and sharing coping strategies and insights, as well as problems and concerns, can be an important link in the path to recovery.

NAMI Family Support Groups are open to the adult relatives of people who experience mental illnesses. The 90-minute gatherings are led by family members of people who experience mental illness who are trained to offer reinforcement in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance and tools for caring for oneself and loved ones.

At each meeting, participants review the Group Guidelines and Principles of Support, update the group on the current events in their lives, then spend the bulk of the meeting in group discussion. 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.


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