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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. We encourage you to attend a support group based in your area. Please contact the group leader to get the conference call or video conferencing details. For in-person groups, please review our guidance for in-person programs during COVID-19 before attending (pdf).

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Family Support Group Training

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? Then sign up to attend our FSG facilitator training in June 2023.

When: Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 11, 2023

Time: 8:45 am – 6:00 pm

To register, please contact Ilya Cherkasov at icherkasov@namimass.org.

NAMI Family Support Groups
Northeastern Mass Family Support Groups

Acton Family Support Group

When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: Susan at 978-263-8830 or mcdougalletal@aol.com

Bedford Family Support Groups

When: Last Tuesday of the month
7:30 – 9 pm via Zoom
Contact: Ivy at ivypompei@comcast.net

Burlington Family Support Group

When: 2nd Thursday of the month
7:30 – 8:45 pm via Zoom
Contact: Samantha at fsgroup397@gmail.com

Gloucester Family Support Group

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: NAMI Cape Ann at 978-281-1557 or namicapeann@verizon.net

Haverhill & Amesbury Family Support Group

When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: 978-361-3922 or nnea333@gmail.com

Ipswich Family Support Group

When: 3rd Monday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: George Howe at gehowe@comcast.net, or Dori Prescott at dori.prescott@gmail.com or (978) 314-2762

Greater Lowell Family Support Group

When: 1st Wednesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: Dick at rhedgar@verizon.net or Rie at rie.lopez.mph@gmail.com

Middleton Family Support Group

When: 1st Wednesday of the month
5:30 to 7 pm – Speaker, Potluck, Resources
7:15 – 8:45 pm – Family Support Group
Middleton Senior Center/Council on Aging
38 Maple St., Middleton, MA 01949
Contact: Sheila at 978-774-2872 or ShePowGir45@gmail.com

Peabody Family Support Group

When: last Wednesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
Peabody YMCA Children’s Room
259 Lynnfield St., Peabody, MA — Check in at front desk
Contact: Chris at 617-984-0504 or csadkowski@yahoo.com

Winchester Family Support Group

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month
6:45 pm via Zoom
Contact: Isobel at 860-908-8003 isobelmagee@gmail.com

Metro Boston Family Support Groups

Cambridge/Middlesex Family Support Group for Black Families

When: Last Wednesday of the month
7:15  – to 8:45 pm via Zoom
Contact:

Cambridge Family Support Group

When: 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
and 2nd Monday of the month
4 – 5:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: Rae at 617-984-0527 or email@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Dorchester Family Support Group

When: 2nd Thursday of the month
6 to 7:30 pm via Zoom
Contact:

  • Mark at 617-522-7439
  • Monica at 857-342-2796
Southeastern Mass Family Support Groups

Barnstable Family Support Groups

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
3055 Main Street (Rt. 6A), Barnstable
Contact: klemmon@namicapecod.org, and NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org

Falmouth Family Support Group

When: 4th Monday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: (508) 778-4277 or dbratcher@namicapecod.org

Harwich Family Support Group

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month
6 – 7 pm
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
310 Route 137
Contact: klemmon@namicapecod.org, and NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org

Martha’s Vineyard Family Support Group

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month
6:30 – 8 pm via Zoom
Contact: Cecilia at 201-981-5123 or ckbrennan@yahoo.com

Martha’s Vineyard Family Support Group

When: 1st Sunday of the month
6 – 7:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: Maryanne at 860-690-4583

Nantucket Family Support Group

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: Suzanne at 508-332-9823

Plymouth Family Support Group

When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
7 – 8:30 via Zoom
Contact:

South Shore Family Support Group

When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month
6:30 – 8 pm
Abington Police Station Community Room, 215 Central St. Abington, MA
Contact: NAMI South Shore at 737-702-0434 or namisouthshore@gmail.com

Wellfleet Family Support Group

When: 4th Tuesday of the month
Where: Robert J Nagle Room, Fall River Public Library, 104 North Main Street, Fall River
6 – 7:00 pm
Contact: NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277

Central Mass Family Support Groups

Clinton Family Support Group

When: every Friday
6:30 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: Edie at 978-345-2214

Leominster Family Support Group

When: 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month.
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: Paul at pbois56@gmail.com or 978-514-2942

Marlborough Family Support Group

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: Jessica at namimetrowest@namimetrowest.org

Newton Family Support Group

When: 2nd Tuesday of each month
7 – 9 pm via Zoom
Contact: Glenn at glenn.vanaman.29@gmail.com

Worcester Family Support Group

When: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 9 pm via Zoom
Contact: Bill or Nancy at wnmusz@charter.net

Western Mass Family Support Groups

Northampton Family Support Group

This group is closed to participants outside of the area.
When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Contact: Carol at 413-527-0532

Orange Family Support Group

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month
5 – 7 pm via Zoom
Contact: Jen at 978-544-1859

Pittsfield Family Support Group

When: 2nd Thursday of the month
6:30 – 8 pm via Zoom
Contact: Wes at 413- 443-1666 or namibc@namibc.org

Springfield Family Support Group

When: last Wednesday of each month
7 – 9 pm via Zoom
Contact: Bernice at 413-596-5059 or bdrumheller@gmail.com

Williamstown Family Support Group

When: 4th Thursday of the month
6:30 – 8 pm via Zoom
Contact: Phyllis at phyllis.terrey100@gmail.com or 978-973-3995

Statewide Family Support Groups

Grupo de Apoyo para Familiares

Cuando: Tercer miercoles del mes
7 – 8:30 pm
Contacte: NAMI Latinx al latinx@namiboston.org o 781-819-3282

Spanish Language Family Support Group

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
Contact: NAMI Latinx at latinx@namiboston.org or 781-819-3282

Family Support Group
for the Black/Brown community
meets on the 1st Thursday 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:  klemmon@namicapecod.org, and 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 caregivers of parents with mental health conditions
meets on the 4th 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 4th Thursday of each month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information: Suzanne at 508-332-9823

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 at 508-778-4277 or dfrancis@namicapecod.org

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 508-560-3678 or lisanamimv@gmail.com

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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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