NAMI Northside provides Family Support Groups at 4 locations in North Metro Atlanta. The groups meet in Buckhead, Alpharetta, Dunwoody and Johns Creek.
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NAMI Family Support Groups:
JOHNS CREEK: meets FIRST and THIRD Sunday each month, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, Georgia 30097, in the school library.
Contact: Beth Sanders, firstname.lastname@example.org
ALPHARETTA: meets the FIRST Thursday of each month, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Alpharetta United Methodist Church, 69 N. Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia, 30009; Room 349; (enter the church, Trinity Hall, from the Cumming Street parking lot).
Contact: Jason Turner, email@example.com
DUNWOODY: meets the THIRD Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody, Georgia, 30338; Room 254.
Contact: Joel Cope, firstname.lastname@example.org
BUCKHEAD: meets the SECOND & FOURTH Sunday of each month, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Georgia, 30305; Room 4311.
The church is located in Buckhead about 5 miles south of I-285. It is ¼ mile south of the Piedmont Road – Roswell Road intersection, and ½ mile north of the West Paces Ferry Road – Peachtree Road intersection. MARTA bus No. 38 stops at the church.
Turn into the church off Roswell Rd and drive around behind the Welcome Center. Park and enter the building through the glass doors under the porte-cochere. Take the elevator up to the 4th floor. Go around the hall to the right to room 4311.
Contact: Joel Cope, email@example.com
NAMI Peer Support Groups (NEW):
BUCKHEAD: meets the FOURTH Sunday of the month, 4-5:30 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, room 4305. See above for directions. Contact: Joel Cope, firstname.lastname@example.org, Beth Sanders, email@example.com
DUNWOODY: meets the THIRD Tuesday of the month, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA, 30338, room 255.
Contact: Joel Cope, firstname.lastname@example.org, Beth Sanders, email@example.com
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’ve been there.
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. The groups meet on a bi-weekly, weekly or monthly basis.
By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:
- See the individual first, not the illness
- Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
- Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
- Aim for better coping skills
- Find strength in sharing experiences
- Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
- Not judge anyone’s pain
- Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
- Embrace humor as healthy
- Accept that we cannot solve every problem
- Work for a better future in a realistic way
Read more at NAMI.org
NAMI Family Support Groups
Too often, mental illness is an isolating experience accompanied by profound anxiety. One of the most important benefits of a support group is finding someone to talk to when things get tough. When your family member or friend is diagnosed with a mental illness, talking with someone to share the coping strategies and insights, as well as problems and concerns, can be an important link in the path of recovery.
Coping with mental illness can be confusing and frustrating for both the family and individuals confronted with a diagnosis of mental illness. Our NAMI Family Support groups offer much needed emotional support where family members can speak openly and honestly without fear of rejection or being judged.
In addition, they are also a source of practical advice on issues such as insurance benefits, social security and Medicaid, finding a lawyer or accessing treatment and housing. Our facilitators are training family members and friends who themselves have loved ones living with a mental illness. Whatever challenges you are facing, you are likely to find someone in our support groups who has “been there, done that” and can share their experience. You are not alone. They understand your daily challenges and can offer encouragement and support but are not trained professionals and any insight that they may provide is not intended to take the place of trained psychologists and psychiatrists.
Located in the local communities throughout Georgia, our support groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope.
They offer families and friends a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness. There is no need to register – just show up when you feel a need to talk with someone. All groups are confidential – you can share as much or as little as you wish.
Members come away with positive ideas for improving family situations. Facilitators are trained to guide the group toward problem solving through shared experiences.