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Support Groups schedule

If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. There are many supports, services and treatment options that may help. A change in behavior or mood may be the early warning signs of a mental health condition and should never be ignored. There are many different types of mental illness, and it isn’t easy to simplify the range of challenges people face. 

Here are some things to consider when reaching out:

  • If it’s an emergency in which you or someone you know is suicidal, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
  • If you can wait a few days, make an appointment with your primary healthcare provider or pediatrician if you think your condition is mild to moderate.
  • If your symptoms are moderate to severe, make an appointment with a specialized doctor such as a psychiatrist. You may need to contact your community mental health center or primary health care provider for a referral.
  • If you or your child is in school or at college, contact the school and ask about their support services.
  • Seek out support groups (such as the ones listed below) in our area and educate yourself about symptoms and diagnosis. Social support and knowledge can be valuable tools for coping.

Support Groups

EVERY SUNDAY at 2pm. NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is for individuals living with a mental illness themselves. Our group meets at SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital (a division of UW-Health) in Rockford, Illinois. Easy access entrance is through Heart Hospital entrance off of Charles Street. You will find the group in 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). This group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:30pm. Our group is held at Riverside Community Church (6816 N 2nd St, Machesney Park, IL 61115) Teen Support groups are being held simultaneously in the same building by Group Hope.

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

1. SwedishAmerican Hospital (a division of UW Health) of Rockford, Illinois Support Group
Group meets the first Tuesday each month at 7pm in the main conference rooms 5 & 6 located on the 1st floor adjacent to the Heart Hospital. Easy access through Heart Hospital entrance off of Charles Street.
2.  Ned’s Diner Support Group
Group meets the third Monday each month at 8am at Ned’s Diner: 2132 US-20 BUS, Belvidere, IL 61008.
3. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Support Group
Group meets the third Tuesday each month 7pm at 3300 Rural St. Rockford, Illinois in the Fireside Room. You may park and enter off of Guilford Road. The meeting takes place in the Fireside Room.


What You Should Expect:

  1. Meets monthly or weekly for 90 minute sessions free of charge.
  2. Designed for loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.
  3. Facilitated by a trained team of family members of individuals living with mental illness.
  4. Confidential, you can share as much or as little personal information as you want.
  5. Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies for you family member.
  6. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.
  7. 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.



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