Support groups planned for those with mental illness

NAMI Connection is a free, 90-minute support group run by people who live with mental illness for other people who live with mental illness.

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NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, holds meetings of the Connection support group every Thursday and Friday.

The Thursday group will meet in Davis from 12-1:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30 in the Community Room at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 1220 Olive Drive.

The Friday group will meet in Woodland from 10-11:30 a.m. on Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24 in the Williams Room of the Bauer Building, 137 North Cottonwood Street.

NAMI Connection is a free, 90-minute support group run by people who live with mental illness for other people who live with mental illness. The group is led by NAMI-trained peer facilitators. 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.

Connection is open to all adults with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. All groups are confidential. Participants can share as much or as little personal information as they wish. Groups follow a flexible structure without an educational format. Connection does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies.

There is no need to register. All are welcome to drop by and share feelings, difficulties or successes. Everyone is a valued participant.

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