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NAMI Family Support Groups are free groups for family members, friends, and other caregivers of people diagnosed with mental health conditions. Family Support Groups provide a nonjudgmental environment where caregivers can discuss concerns, learn about local resources, and benefit from one another’s collective knowledge and experience. Led by NAMI-trained facilitators who are also family members, they provide comfort, hope, and a sense of community.

NAMI Family Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get the support they need. By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop supportive relationships.

Most of our Family Support Groups are currently offered remotely – online or by conference call. Most of our Family Support Groups are open to anyone, while some are especially for for parents of children and teens, elderly caregivers, and family members of people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Check out our list of special statewide Family Support Groups.

Ofrecemos un Grupo De Apoyo Para Familiares De NAMI cada mes, en Zoom. NAMI Family Support Group es un grupo gratuito, confidencial y seguro para ayudar a las familias y seres queridos de las personas que viven con enfermedades mentales.

NAMI Family Support Groups

Most of our Family Support Groups are currently offered remotely – online or by conference call. Please contact the group leader to get the conference call or video conferencing details.

Most of our Family Support Groups are open to anyone, while some are especially for parents of children and teens, elderly caregivers, and family members of people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Check out our list of special statewide Family Support Groups.

Acton Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Susan at 978-263-8830 or mcdougalletal@aol.com

Bedford Family Support Groups
meets on the last Tuesday of the month
7:30 – 9 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Ivy at ivypompei@comcast.net

Burlington Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month
7:30 – 8:45 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Samantha at fsgroup397@gmail.com

Gloucester Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information: NAMI Cape Ann at 978-281-1557 or namicapeann@verizon.net

Haverhill & Amesbury Family Support Group
meets on the1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: 978-361-3922 or nnea333@gmail.com

Ipswich Family Support Group
meets on the 3rd Monday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information: NAMI Cape Ann at 978-281-1557 or namicapeann@verizon.net

Greater Lowell Family Support Group
meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Middleton Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
7 to 8:30 pm
contact for more information: Sheila at 617-984.0504 or ShePowGir45@gmail.com

Salem Family Support Group
meets on the last Wednesday of each month
7 – 8:30 via Zoom
contact for more information: Chris at 617-984-0504 or csadkowski@yahoo.com

Winchester Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
6:45 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Isobel at 860-908-8003 isobelmagee@gmail.com

Family Support Group

for Black Families from the Cambridge/Middlesex Greater Boston areas

last Wednesday of the month
7:15  – to 8:45 pm via Zoom
to register https://sites.google.com/view/f423f/bfsg
contact for more information:

Cambridge Family Support Group
meets on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
and on the 2nd Monday of the month
4 – 5:30 pm via Zoom
to register https://sites.google.com/view/f423f/home
contact for more information: Rae at 617-984-0527 or email@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Dorchester Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month
6 to 7:30 pm
contact for more information:

  • Mark at 617-522-7439
  • Monica at 857-342-2796

Abington & Hingham Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month
6 – 7:30 pm
contact for more information: NAMI South Shore at 737-702-0434 or namisouthshore@gmail.com

Barnstable Family Support Groups
meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm in person
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
3055 Main Street (Rt. 6A), Barnstable
contact for more information: NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org

Falmouth Family Support Group
meets on the 4th Monday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information: Bill at 508-428-4351 or fisher62045@hotmail.com

Harwich Family Support Group
meets on the 1st Thursday of the month
6 – 7 pm in person
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
310 Route 137
contact for more information: NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org

Martha’s Vineyard Family Support Group
meets on the 3rd Wednesday of month
6 – 7:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Cecilia at 201-981-5123 or ckbrennan@yahoo.com

Martha’s Vineyard Family Support Group
meets on the 1st Sunday of the month
6 – 7:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Maryanne at 860-690-4583

Nantucket Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Suzanne at 508-221-6202

Plymouth Family Support Group
meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
7 – 8:30 via Zoom
contact for more information:

Wellfleet Family Support Group
meets on the 4th Tuesday of month
6 – 7:30 pm
Contact: NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277

Clinton Family Support Group
meets every Friday
6:30 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Edie at 978-345-2214

Leominster Family Support Group
meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month.
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information: Paul at pbois56@gmail.com or 978-514-2942

Marlborough Family Support Group
meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information: Jessica at JLQuirk@gmail.com

Newton Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
7 – 9 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Nancy at nestanton1@icloud.com

Worcester Family Support Group
meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 9 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Bill or Nancy at wnmusz@charter.net

Northampton Family Support Group
this group is closed to participants outside of the area
meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information: Carol at 413-527-0532

Orange Family Support Group
meets on the second Wednesday of the month
5 – 7 pm
contact for more information: Jen at 978-544-1859

Pittsfield Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month
6:30 – 8 pm
contact for more information: Wes at 413- 443-1666 or namibc@namibc.org

Springfield Family Support Group
meets on the last Wednesday of each month
7 – 9 pm
contact for more information: Bernice at 413-596-5059 or bdrumheller@gmail.com

Williamstown Family Support Group
meets on the 4th Thursday of the month
6:30 – 8 pm
contact for more information: Wes at 413- 443-1666 or namibc@namibc.org

Grupo de Apoyo para Familiares
se reúne el primer miércoles de cada mes
7 – 8:30 de la noche
Para más información, contacte: NAMI Latinx al latinx@namiboston.org or 781-819-3282

Spanish Language Family Support Group
meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information: NAMI Latinx at latinx@namiboston.org or 781-819-3282

Family Support Group
for the Black/Brown community
meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month
7 – 9 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Donna at dbun1@comcast.net

Family Support Group
for parents of school aged children
meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: NAMI Cape Cod at  508-778-4277

Family Support Group
for parents of teens and young adults, ages 13 to 23
meets every other Thursday
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: email ttapsgroup@gmail.com

Family Support Group
for parents of teen/young adults with emotional dysregulation
meets on the 2nd Monday of each month
6 – 7:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277

Family Support Group
for parents of adults
meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
7:30 – 9 pm via zoom
contact for more information: Sharon at parentsofadultchildren22@gmail.com

Family Support Group
for partners/spouses of people with mental health diagnoses
meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Family Support Group
for adult children of people with mental health conditions
meets on the 1st Monday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Lara at lara@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Family Support Group
for elderly caregivers
meets on the 3rd Friday of the month
12 – 1:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Family Support Group
for parents of adults diagnosed with Schizophrenia
(priority is given to people in the local area)
meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month
6:30 – 8 pm hybrid (via Zoom and in person)
1st Tuesday of the month
400 Nathan Ellis Highway, Suite B
contact for more information: Cliff at cliff.jazzdog@gmail.com

Family Support Group
for family members/caregivers of people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder
meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
6 – 7 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Lisa at lisanamimv@gmail.com

Family Support Group
for family members/caregivers of people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder
meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
6:30 – 8 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Debbie dfrancis@namicapecod.org

Family Support Group
for family members/caregivers of people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder
meets on the 4th Thursday of each month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Suzanne at 508-332-9823

Looking for additional family support options?

Check out our Family Support resource page.

You can also contact our Compass helpline. Learn more about Compass.

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Volunteering with NAMI Family Support Groups

Volunteer 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.

Support for this program is provided in part by:
Contact us for more information about NAMI Family Support Groups:

Ilya Cherkasov, MS
(he/him/his)
Senior Manager, Education & Support
617-286-7607
icherkasov@namimass.org

 

Eliza T. Williamson, M.Ed, MFA, CPS
Deputy Director of Programs
617-286-7616 or 617-580-8541 x 221
ewilliamson@namimass.org