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Due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency, the Family Support Groups (FSG) listed below will be offered as conference calls instead of in-person meetings.

Any state resident with a family member, loved one or friend with a mental health condition, can choose to join any FSG. Please contact the respective group leaders to get the conference call details.

  • Cambridge Family Support Group
    meets on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
    Contact Rae at 617-984-0527 for more information
  • Dorchester Family Support Group
    meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 pm
    contact Mark at 617-522-7439 or Monica at 857-342-2796 for more information
  • Gloucester Family Support Group
    meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, from 7 to 8:30 pm
    Contact NAMI Cape Ann at 978-281-1557 or namicapeann@verizon.net for more information
  • Marlborough Family Support Group
    meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 7 to 8:30 pm
    contact Larry at LFDeAngelo@namimass.org or 978-760-7702 for more information
  • Middleton Family Support Group
    meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 8:30 pm
    Contact Sheila at 617-984.0504 or ShePowGir45@gmail.com for more information
  • Newton-Wellesley Family Support Group
    meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 using zoom.us
    To get the information to enter this group, please email info@naminw.org and include your phone number in case we need to reach you
  • Winchester Family Support Group is resuming its meetings in online format using Zoom on the second Tuesday of the month starting on April 14th, at 6.45 pm. Please contact/pre-register with Isobel by phone at 860-908-8003.

Plymouth FSG and Worcester FSG facilitators and NAMI Cape Cod welcome any individual calls for support from family members but do not currently have plans to hold virtual group meetings.

Read our post about online and call-in support options, to find additional support that you can access during this time.

All other FSGs have suspended their operations for the time being, while they weigh their options for moving their meetings to a virtual format. Please check back with the respective group program leaders in April to get updated information.

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.

NAMI Family Support Groups by area

Acton Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

contact Susan at 978-263-8830 or mcdougalletal@aol.com for more information

Amesbury Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

contact Bernie or Mickey at 978-872-4525 for more information

Bedford Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

contact Ivy Pompei at ivypompei@comcast.net for more information

Gloucester Family Support Group

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

Haverhill Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

contact Bernie or Mickey at 978-872-4525 for more information

Ipswich Family Support Group

Contact NAMI Cape Ann at 978-281-1557 or namicapeann@verizon.net for more information

Lowell Family Support Group

April conference call in possible. Please check back for an update.
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
Contact Sheila at 617-984-0504 or ShePowGir45@gmail.com for more information

Reading Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

contact Diane at 978-302-4170; or Guy, 508-736-3887 for more information

Salem Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
See Middleton

Winchester Family Support Group

Resuming its meetings in online format using Zoom on the second Tuesday of the month starting on April 14th, at 6.45 pm. Please contact/pre-register with Isobel by phone at 860-908-8003.

Cambridge Family Support Group

meets on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Contact Rae at 617-984-0527 for more information

Dorchester Family Support Group

meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 pm
contact Mark at 617-522-7439 or Monica at 857-342-2796 for more information

Jamaica Plain Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

contact Jane at 617-571-3842, jboyer07@comcast.net or Sid at 617-320-3048 or el.cid3@rcn.com for more information

Newton Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

contact Nancy at 781-642-7284 for more information

Wellesley Family Support Group for Parents

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

contact Vivian at 617-584-1256 or Marijane at 781-237-7351 or mjktuohy@105albion.com for more information

Winchester Family Support Group

Resuming its meetings in online format using Zoom on the second Tuesday of the month starting on April 14th, at 6.45 pm. Please contact/pre-register with Isobel by phone at 860-908-8003.

Abington Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact NAMI South Shore at 737-702-0434 or namisouthshore@gmail.com for more information

Barnstable Family Support Group

NAMI Cape Cod welcomes any individual call for support from family members but do not currently have plans to hold virtual group meetings. Contact them at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org.

Fall River Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact Brenda 508-493-9048 or namibristolcounty@comcast.net for more information

Falmouth Family Support Group

NAMI Cape Cod welcomes any individual call for support from family members but do not currently have plans to hold virtual group meetings. Contact them at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org.

Harwich Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact NAMI Cape Cod at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org for more information

Hingham Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact NAMI South Shore at 737-702-0434 or namisouthshore@gmail.com for more information

Martha’s Vineyard Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact Cecilia at 201-981-5123 or ckbrennan@yahoo.com for more information

Martha’s Vineyard Family Support Group

NAMI Cape Cod welcomes any individual call for support from family members but do not currently have plans to hold virtual group meetings. Contact them at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org.

Nantucket Family Support Group

NAMI Cape Cod welcomes any individual call for support from family members but do not currently have plans to hold virtual group meetings. Contact them at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org.

New Bedford Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact Brenda 508-493-9048 or namibristolcounty@comcast.net for more information

Plymouth Family Support Group

NAMI Plymouth welcomes any individual call for support from family members but do not currently have plans to hold virtual group meetings. Contact Kathleen at kathleenconsidine535@gmail.com or Barbara at jusbeacuz@aol.com for more information

Sandwich Family Support Group

NAMI Cape Cod welcomes any individual call for support from family members but do not currently have plans to hold virtual group meetings. Contact them at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org.

Taunton Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

contact Brenda 508-493-9048 or namibristolcounty@comcast.net for more information

Wellfleet Family Support Group

NAMI Cape Cod welcomes any individual call for support from family members but do not currently have plans to hold virtual group meetings. Contact them at 508-778-4277 or info@namicapecod.org.

Acton Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

contact Susan at 978-263-8830 or mcdougalletal@aol.com for more information

Clinton Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact Edie at 978-345-2214 for more information

Leominster Family Support group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact Paul at pbois56@gmail.com or Cathy at c_e_s13@yahoo.com for more information

Marlborough Family Support Group

meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 7 to 8:30 pm
contact Larry at LFDeAngelo@namimass.org or 978-760-7702 for more information

Newton Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact Nancy at 781-642-7284 for more information

Wellesley Family Support Group for Parents

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact Vivian at 617-584-1256 or Marijane at 781-237-7351 or mjktuohy@105albion.com for more information

Worcester Family Support Group

Welcomes any individual calls for support from family members but do not currently have plans to hold virtual group meetings.
Contact Bill or Nancy at wnmusz@charter.net for more information

Greenfield Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact Daris at 413-824-1044 for more information

Northampton Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact Carol at 413-527-0532 for more information

Orange Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact Jen at 978-544-1859 for more information

Pittsfield Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Contact NAMI Berkshire County at 413-443-1666 or namibc@namibc.org for more information

Springfield Family Support Group

Meetings are suspended due to the due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
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

Looking for additional family support options?

Check out our Family Support resource page.

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