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Family Support Groups

NAMI Marin Family Support Groups are peer-led support groups for family members, non-professional caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI Marin 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 bi-weekly
  • 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 how to identify local resources and how to use them.

NAMI Marin Family Support Groups 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

What People Are Saying

“Using the [NAMI] support group model is so essential to the success of our family support groups. As a group, the collective wisdom covered a lot of possibilities.”

“The most beneficial thing for me was that I am not alone. I found the NAMI Family Support Group at the time I really needed it!”

NAMI Marin Family Support Group  - San Rafael

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 6:00-8:00pm with Kay Browne, MD. and Jack Lieberman

Enterprise Resource Center, 3270 Kerner Blvd., Building A, Suite C, San Rafael

For more information, please call the NAMI Marin office at (415) 444-0480.

NAMI Marin Family Support Group – Novato

Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm with Adam Edell, United Methodist Church, Room 7, 1473 South Novato Blvd, Novato.

For more information, contact Adam at adam.edell@gmail.com.

NAMI Marin  Español Central Marin – San Rafael (in collaboration with Community Action Marin)

Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm, Enterprise Resource Center at the Wellness Center Campus, 3270 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael. For more information call Gloria McCallister at 1-415-473-2261.

For more information, please call the NAMI Marin office at 1-415-444-0480.

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