NAMI Family Support Groups are free groups for family members, friends, and caregivers of people diagnosed with mental illness. Participants gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI Family Support Groups around the state provide a secure nonjudgmental environment where caregivers can discuss concerns and benefit from the collective knowledge and experience from one another. Led by NAMI-trained facilitators who are also family members, they provide understanding, comfort, and hope.

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop supportive relationships. NAMI Family Support Groups encourage empathy, productive discussion, and a sense of community. You’ll benefit through other’s experiences, discover your inner strength, and learn about local resources and how to use them.

NAMI Family Support Groups by area

We encourage you that you contact the group facilitator before attending the first meeting to confirm the meeting date, time, and location as information changes.

Acton Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
7 – 9 pm
at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
435 Central Street, Acton
contact Susan McDougall at 978-263-8830 or mcdougalletal@aol.com for more information

Amesbury Family Support Group

meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month
7 – 8: 30 pm
at the Amesbury Senior Center
68 Elm Street, Amesbury
contact Bernie or Mickey at 978-872-4525 for more information

Bedford Family Support Group

meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
6:30 – 8 pm
at the Edinburg Center
205 Burlington Road, Bedford
contact Janet at 781-761-5287 or jhodges@edinburgcenter.org for more information

Bedford Family Support Group

meets on the Last Tuesday of the month
7:30 – 9:30 pm
at the First Church of Christ
25 Great Road, Bedford
contact Lynda at 978 250-1509 for more information

Beverly Family Support Group

meets on the Last Wednesday of the month
7:00- 8:30 pm
at the Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick Street, Beverly
contact Chris at 617-984-0504 or  csadkowski@yahoo.com for more information

Gloucester Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at the 43 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester
contact NAMI Cape Ann at 978-281-1557 or namicapeann@verizon.net for more information

Haverhill Family Support Group

meets on the 1st Thursday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at the Merrimack Valley Hospital
140 Lincoln Avenue, Haverhill
contact Bernie or Mickey at 978-872-4525 for more information

Lowell Family Support Group

meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
7 pm
at 391 Varnum Avenue, Lowell
contact NAMI Greater Lowell at 978-677-0618 or namigreaterlowell@yahoo.com for more information

Middleton Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at the Middleton Senior Center
38 Maple Street, Middleton
contact Sheila at 978-774-2872 or shepowgir45@gmail.com for more information

Reading Family Support Group

meets on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading
239 Woburn Street, Reading
contact Cate at 781-475-2189 or Diane at 978-302-4170 for more information

Winchester Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month
6:45 – 8:45 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Church
478 Main Street, Winchester
contact Maria at 781-258-8823 or Maury at 781-460-1577 for more information

Cambridge Family Support Group

meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month
7:30 – 9:30 pm
at Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
contact Rae at 617-984-0527 for more information

Dorchester Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month
6 – 7:30 pm
at Steward Carney Hospital
2100 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester
contact Mark at 617-522-7439 or Monica at 857-342-2796 for more information

Jamaica Plain Family Support Group

meets on the 3rd Monday of the month
12 – 2 pm
at the Ethos
555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain
contact Jane at 617- 594-0035 or janekboyer@gmail.com for more information

Newton Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
7:30 – 9 pm
at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street, Newton
contact Nancy at 781-642-7284 for more information

Quincy Family Support Group

meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
6 – 7:30 pm
at the Quincy Mental Health Center
460 Quincy Avenue, Quincy
contact NAMI South Shore at 737-702-0434 or namisouthshore@gmail.com for more information

Wellesley Family Support Group

meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
7:30 – 9 pm
at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church
207 Washington Street, Wellesley
contact Vivian at 781-235-5546 or Marijane at 781-237-7351 for more information

Winchester Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month
6:45 – 8:45 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Church
478 Main Street, Winchester
contact Maria at 781-258-8823 or Maury at 781-460-1577 for more information

Abington Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month
at the Abington Police Station
215 Central Street, Abington
contact NAMI South Shore at 737-702-0434 or namisouthshore@gmail.com for more information

Barnstable Family Support Group

meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
3055 Main Street, Barnstable
contact NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org for more information

Fall River Family Support Group

meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at the Fall River Public Library
104 North Main Street, Fall River
contact Brenda 508-493-9048 or namibristolcounty@comcast.net for more information

Falmouth Family Support Group

meets on the 4th Monday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at the Gus Canty Recreation Center
790 Main Street, Falmouth
contact Bill at 508-428-4351 or fisher62045@hotmail.com for more information

Harwich Family Support Group

meets on the 1st Thursday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
310 Rt.137, Harwich
contact NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org for more information

Martha’s Vineyard Family Support Group

meets on the 1st Sunday of the month
6 – 7:30 pm
at the Island Wide Collaborative
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven
contact Peggy at 508-693-5872 or pegsb4.1@comcast.net for more information

Martha’s Vineyard Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
6:30 – 8 pm
at the Island Wide Collaborative
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven
contact Cecilia at 201-981-5123 or ckbrennan@yahoo.com for more information

Nantucket Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at the Sherburne Commons
40 Sherburne Commons Drive, Nantucket
contact Suzanne at 508-221-3437 for more information

New Bedford Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
6 – 7 pm
at the 888 Purchased Street, New Bedford
contact Brenda 508-493-9048 or namibristolcounty@comcast.net for more information

Plymouth Family Support Group

meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth
275 Sandwich Street, Plymouth
Sandwich Street
contact Kathleen at kathleenconsidine535@gmail.com or Barbara at jusbeacuz@aol.com for more information

Quincy Family Support Group

meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
6 – 7:30 pm
at the Quincy Mental Health Center
460 Quincy Avenue, Quincy
contact NAMI South Shore at 737-702-0434 or namisouthshore@gmail.com for more information

Sandwich Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
6:30 – 7:50 pm
at the Spaulding Rehab Hospital
311 Service Road, Sandwich
contact NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org for more information

Taunton Family Support Group

meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
6 – 7 pm
at Taunton State Hospital
60 Hodges Avenue, Taunton
contact Brenda 508-493-9048 or namibristolcounty@comcast.net for more information

Wellfleet Family Support Group

meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month
6 – 7:30 pm
at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
335 Main Street, Wellfleet
contact NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org for more information

Acton Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
7 – 9 pm
at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
435 Central Street, Acton
contact Susan McDougall at 978-263-8830 or mcdougalletal@aol.com for more information

Clinton Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month
6:30 – 8:30 pm
at Clinton Hospital
201 Highland Street, Clinton
contact Edie 978-345-2214 for more information

Framingham Grupo de Apoyo Familiar

se reúne el segundo Viernes del mes
6:30 – 8:30 pm
a St. Stephens Church School
221 Concord Street, Framingham
póngase en contacto con Ben Cortes a 508-963-2742 o BenCortes619@gmail.com si está interesado en asistir a esta reunión

Leominster Family Support group

meets on 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at Leominster Hospital
60 Hospital Road, Leominster
contact Paul at pbois56@gmail.com or Cathy at c_e_s13@yahoo.com for more information

Marlborough Family Support Group

meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 9 pm
at the Employment Options
82 Brigham Street, Marlborough
contact Walter at 508-875-5590 or Tina at 508-272-9061 for more information

Newton Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
7:30 – 9 pm
at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street, Newton
contact Nancy at 781-642-7284 for more information

Wellesley Family Support Group

meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
7:30 – 9 pm
at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church
207 Washington Street, Wellesley
contact Vivian at 781-235-5546 or Marijane at 781-237-7351 for more information

Worcester Family Support Group

meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 9 pm
at the Open Sky Community Services
4 Mann Street, Worcester
contact Bill or Nancy at wnmusz@charter.net for more information

Greenfield Family Support Group

meets on the last Wednesday of the month
6 – 8 pm
at Clinical Support Options
1 Arch Place, Greenfield
contact Daris at 413-824-1044 for more information

Northampton Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
at the Windhorse Integrative Mental Health
211 North Street Suite #1, Northampton
contact Carol at 413-527-0532 for more information

Orange Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
5 – 7 pm
at the Quabbin House
25 Main Street, Orange
contact Jen or Rich at 978-544-1859 for more information

Pittsfield Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month
6:30 – 7:30 pm
at the Berkshire Medical Center
725 North Street, Pittsfield
contact NAMI Berkshire County at 413-443-1666 or namibc@namibc.org for more information

Springfield Family Support Group

meets on the Last Wednesday of the month
7 – 9 pm
at the BHN
417 Liberty Street, Springfield
contact Bernice at 413-596-5059 for more information

Volunteering as a NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator

NAMI Family Support Groups are facilitated by two NAMI-trained leaders who have first-hand experience as a parent or family caregiver of a person who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition.

Are you interested in becoming a Family Support Group facilitator? Contact Ilya Cherkasov, Director of Family Programs.

Contact us for more information about NAMI Connection:

Ilya Cherkasov
NAMI Mass Director of Family Programs
617-580-8541 x 219
icherkasov@namimass.org