Support Groups for Adults Living with a Mental Illness

NAMI Connection

NAMI Connection is a support group for adults with a mental illness regardless of diagnosis. Groups are free and meet for 90 minutes. All groups are led by trained individuals who are also in recovery. No registration or enrollment required. For more information on NAMI Connection, watch this video and join us for the next meeting.

Click here to find a NAMI Connection support group near you.

Young Adult NAMI Connection

Young Adult NAMI Connection is a support group for young adults ages 16-20 or 18-30, depending on the group. Groups are facilitated by young adults who live with mental illnesses and are doing well in recovery.

Click here to find a Young Adult NAMI Connection support group near you.

LGBTQ Connection Support Group

NAMI offers a support group for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer) community. The support groups are a safe place to confront the challenges that many members of LGBTQ communities face such as social isolation, stigma, discrimination, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

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NAMI Minnesota Dual Diagnosis Support Group

NAMI Minnesota has a peer-led dual diagnosis support group for adults living with both a mental illness and an substance use disorder such as chemical dependency. The support group meets weekly for 90 minutes. Participants learn skills to help them deal with their substance use disorder and gain support from people who understand the challenges of having a mental illness and a substance use disorder. The group is free with no registration or enrollment required. More locations may be added.

Click here to find NAMI Minnesota’s Dual Diagnosis Support Group.

NAMI Open Door Anxiety and Panic Support Groups    

NAMI Open Door support groups provide ongoing support for individuals with an anxiety or panic disorder and there is no cost to attend. The groups provide peer support, teach effective strategies in anxiety management and promote better understanding of anxiety disorders. The Open Door program is based on the book Embracing the Fear, Learning to Manage Anxiety and Panic Attacks by Judith Bemis and Amr Barrada. All meetings are facilitated by people who have had an anxiety disorder and are now recovered or recovering.

Click here to find a NAMI Open Door Anxiety and Panic Support Group near you.

If you are interested in starting an Open Door support group, please contact 651-645-2948 x121 or supportgroups@namimn.org.

NAMI WebConnect Support Group

NAMI Minnesota has a web-based support group for adults living with a mental illness. NAMI WebConnect is provided online and in real time with the hope of serving those who cannot attend a support group in person. The group is led by individuals who live with a mental illness and are doing well in recovery.

NAMI WebConnect – (Adult), Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

To access either group:

  1. Visit Support Groups Central.
  2. Click the “Join” button.
  3. Create an account.
  4. Register for the group by clicking on the 
”Meeting Calendar” tab.
  5. Click on the “Register” button.

For information, contact 651-645-2948 x121 or supportgroups@namimn.org.