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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.

Please note that our Family Support Groups are currently offered remotely – online or by conference call.

NAMI Family Support Groups

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

Please note that our Family Support Groups are currently offered remotely – online or by conference call. You are welcome to attend any Family Support Group, unless otherwise noted. Please contact the group leader to get the conference call or video conferencing details.

Find additional family support options that you can access during this time.

Cambridge Family Support Group
meets on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
and on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month
4 – 5:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Falmouth Family Support Group
meets on the 4th Monday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information:

Ipswich Family Support Group
meets on the 3rd Monday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information:

Jamaica Plain Family Support Group (for elderly caregivers)
meets on the 3rd Monday of the month
12:30 – 2 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Acton Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Barnstable Family Support Groups
meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Gloucester Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information:

Marlborough Family Support Group
meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (1st Tuesday only during July and August)
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information:

Martha’s Vineyard Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
6 – 7:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Mashpee Support Group
meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month
6:30 – 8 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

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

Newton Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
7 – 9 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Northampton Family Support Group
(this group is closed to participants outside of the area)
meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information:

  • Carol at 413-527-0532

Winchester Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
6:45 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Worcester Family Support Group
meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 9 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:

Salem Family Support Group
meets on the last Wednesday of each month
7 – 8:30 via Zoom
contact for more information:

Springfield Family Support Group
meets on the last Wednesday of each month
7 – 9 pm
contact for more information:

Wellesley Family Support Group
(for parents)
meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
7:30 – 9 pm via zoom
contact for more information:

Borderline Personality Disorder Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
via Zoom
contact for more information:

Abington & Hingham Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month
6 – 7:30 pm
contact for more information:

Burlington Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month
7:30 – 8:45 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

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

Falmouth Family Support Group
(for parents of school aged children)
meets on the 1st Thursday of each month
7 pm – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

  • NAMI Cape Cod at  508-778-4277

Harwich Family Support Group
meets on the 1st Thursday of the month
6 – 7 pm
contact for more information:

Haverhill & Amesbury Family Support Group
meets on the1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Pittsfield Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month
6:30 – 8 pm
contact for more information:

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

Clinton Family Support Group
meets every Friday
6:30 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

  • Edie at 978-345-2214

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

Abington & Hingham Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month
6 – 7:30 pm
contact for more information:

Acton Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Barnstable Family Support Groups
meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Burlington Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month
7:30 – 8:45 pm via Zoom
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 & 4th Mondays of the month
4 – 5:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Clinton Family Support Group
meets every Friday
6:30 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

  • Edie at 978-345-2214

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

Falmouth Family Support Group
meets on the 4th Monday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information:

Falmouth Family Support Group
(for parents of school aged children)
meets on the 1st Thursday of each month
7 pm – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

  • NAMI Cape Cod at  508-778-4277

Gloucester Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information:

Harwich Family Support Group
meets on the 1st Thursday of the month
6 – 7 pm
contact for more information:

Haverhill & Amesbury Family Support Group
meets on the1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
7 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Ipswich Family Support Group
meets on the 3rd Monday of the month
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information:

Jamaica Plain Family Support Group (for elderly caregivers)
meets on the 3rd Monday of the month
12:30 – 2 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Marlborough Family Support Group
meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (1st Tuesday only during July and August)
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information:

Martha’s Vineyard Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
6 – 7:30 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

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

Mashpee Support Group
meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month
6:30 – 8 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:

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

Newton Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
7 – 9 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Northampton Family Support Group
(this group is closed to participants outside of the area)
meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each
7 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information:

  • Carol at 413-527-0532

Pittsfield Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month
6:30 – 8 pm
contact for more information:

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

Salem Family Support Group
meets on the last Wednesday of each month
7 – 8:30 via Zoom
contact for more information:

Springfield Family Support Group
meets on the last Wednesday of each month
7 – 9 pm
contact for more information:

Wellesley Family Support Group
(for parents)
meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
7:30 – 9 pm via zoom
contact for more information:

Winchester Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
6:45 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Worcester Family Support Group
meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
7 – 9 pm via Zoom
contact for more information:

Borderline Personality Disorder Family Support Group
meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
via Zoom
contact for more information:

Support for this program is provided in part by:
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.


Volunteer to support NAMI Family Support Groups

Volunteers help with program development, outreach, promotion, and more. Volunteer to support NAMI Family Support Groups – fill out our volunteer application!

Contact us for more information about NAMI Connection:

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

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Looking for additional family support options?

Check out our Family Support resource page.

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