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Support Groups schedule

 Support Groups offered for parents, families and those living with mental illness

The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need.


Support Groups

EVERY SUNDAY AT 2:00 p.m. NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group” for individuals living with a mental illness.  Group meets at SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital (a division of UW Health) Rockford)   Access through Heart Hospital entrance off of Charles St. Group meets in the main conference rooms 2 & 3 located on the 1st floor adjacent to the Heart Hospital.

NAMI Support Group for Parents & Caregivers of children and adolescents under 18 years.   Group meets  the fourth Monday each month at 6:30 p.m. Group meets at Heartland Community Church.  1280 S. Alpine Rd.  Rockford.  Park:  Use center  lot on Alpine Rd. Enter: Use the  center door, continue past the Cafe to room A-147.

NAMI Family Support Group is offered to those who have an adult family member living with a mental illness

1. SwedishAmerican Hospital (a division of UW Health) Rockford, IL group meets the first Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. Easy access through Heart Hospital entrance off of Charles St. Group meets in the main conference rooms 5&6 located on the 1st floor adjacent to the Heart Hospital.

2.  Belvidere Support Location Change in Progress!
Please call the NAMI Northern Illinois office for details: 815-963-2470.  Group meets the first Monday each month at 8 a.m.

4. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church group meets the third Tuesday each month 7:00  p.m.  3300 Rural St. Rockford.. Park and enter on Guilford Rd.
 


What You Should Expect:

Meets monthly or weekly for 90 minute sessions free of charge.

Designed for loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.

Facilitated by a trained team of family members of individuals living with mental illness.

Confidential, you can share as much or as little personal information as you want.

Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies for you family member.

Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances. NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

*Guided by Principles of Support.

*Principles of Support

  • We will see the individual first, not the illness.
  • We recognize that mental illnesses are medical  illnesses that may have environmental triggers.
  • We understand that mental illnesses are  traumatic events.
  • We aim for better coping skills.
  • We find strength in sharing experiences.
  • We reject stigma and do not tolerate discrimination.
  • We won’t judge anyone’s pain as less than our own.
  • We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
  • We embrace humor as healthy.
  • We accept we cannot solve all problems.
  • We expect a better future in a realistic way.
  • We will never give up hope.

 

 

NAMI Northern Illinois is dedicated to improving the

quality of life of individuals with mental illness and their families through

Support, Education and Advocacy.

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