NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who have been there. These groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.

What You Should Expect

  • Connection groups meet two times a month for 90 minutes and offer a structured group process designed to encourage, support and empower individuals living with mental illness.
  • Connection groups are provided at no charge and are confidential.
  • Connection groups are open to any adult living with a mental illness.
  • Connection groups are led by trained facilitators personally living in recovery.

Why You Should Attend

Reinforcement in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance

At each meeting, you review the Group Guidelines and Principles of Support and if you choose, update the group on the current events in your life, then spend the bulk of the meeting in group discussion, or ‘group work’. The group addresses urgent issues of its members and participants share their learned experience, or ‘group wisdom’. As a participant, your voice is heard, and you can contribute to a dynamic that encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

The 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.

For additional information on this program, or any of NAMI Rochester’s other offerings, please email us at info@namirochester.org or call (585) 423-1593.