Mental Health Support and Education

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups 

NAMI Connecticut welcomes individuals who are living with mental health challenges.  We support the principles and process of recovery and believe that with appropriate supports and in some cases treatments, anyone can reach and maintain recovery from mental illness. 

We offer free peer-led support groups that are open to anyone who needs support as they recover, regardless of diagnosis. People in recovery who have been trained by NAMI Connecticut facilitate each group. For a listing of NAMI Connection groups, scroll down toward the end of this page.

Young Adult Support Groups (18 - 29 years old)

Sometimes support is important for someone dealing with mental health challenges, especially peer support from other young adults.  That’s what the NAMI Young Adult Connection groups are all about.  

The groups were developed by young adults for young adults.  They are run by young adults who have been trained in the support group model. The groups are designed to help young adults stay positive, healthy and reach their goals through peer support and community sharing.  You can drop in and talk about what’s on your mind and meet other young adults who have or are going through many of the same experiences you are. 

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In Our Own Voice 

The program is a prime vehicle for NAMI Connecticut’s outreach and education to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness. Presenters receive a small stipend for each presentation they deliver. Presentations usually run an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes in length. 

Anyone interested in finding out more about IOOV or how to become a support group facilitator or IOOV presenter can contact the Recovery Programs Coordinator at recovery@namict.org.

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NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups

Central Village (Section of Plainfield)

Jewett City Savings Bank, Conference Rm.
48 Norwich Rd. (Rte. 12)
1st & 3rd Thursday 6:30-8:00pm, Starts 2/4/16
Contacts: Liz (860)-917-5322, lizjacobs5@aol.com
Don: recovery@namict.org

Danbury

Danbury Police Headquarters, 375 Main St., Danbury
Training Room - First floor lobby (next to elevator) - Parking and building entrance are from the visitor lot in the back of the building
4th Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm
Contact: Don (860)-882-0236, ext. 29; email: recovery@namict.org

Mansfield Center

Natchaug Hospital, 189 Storrs Rd, Mansfield Center
2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, 6:30-8:00pm
Contact: Don at (860)-882-0236, ext. 29; email: recovery@namict.org
Please call before going, and please ask the receptionist at the main entrance for the meeting room

New Haven 

Connecticut Mental Health Center
34 Park St, New Haven
Meets in Room 133 on the first floor. Ask the security guard
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Contact: Allan (203) 496-0091; allangack@mac.com
Bus line: Route 0
Parking: Front and back of building have limited spots outside the gates
Security guard can open the gates to access parking in the gated area.
Note: CMHC is a smoke free location

New London

New London Public Library - Community Room (Lower Level)
63 Huntington Street, New London
2nd Wednesdays of the month, 5:30 PM-7:00pm
Contacts Don at (860) 882-0236 ext 29 or recovery@namict.org
Parking: In the back of the building or on the street

Norwalk- ON HOLD

HSC Community Services Building  
1 Park Street, Norwalk
(corner of Park St. and E. Wall St.)
Meets in the First Floor Conference Room
6:00-7:30 PM, the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month
Contacts Don at (860) 882-0236 ext 29 or recovery@namict.org
Parking: Enter on E. Wall St . If the HSC lot is full, use the overflow lot at the funeral parlor next door

West Hartford (A program of NAMI Farmington Valley)

Covenant Congregational Church
1 Westminster Dr., West Hartford
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 6:30-8:00pm (NOTE: Due to the Holiday, this group WILL NOT meet on Tuesday, July 3rd)
Contact; Don (860)-882-0236, ext 29; email: recovery@namict.org
OFF OF SEDGWICK ROAD. Use the rear entrance of the church (at the back parking lot), go up the stairs and turn right.

Willimantic

Lighthouse Clubhouse, 47 Arnold’s La., Willimantic
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 2:00-3:30pm
Contact; Don (860)-882-0236, ext 29; email: recovery@namict.org

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for Veterans

Newington

VA Connecticut Healthcare Center
555 Willard Avenue, Newington
Thursdays at 9:45 - 10:30 am in Room 322
Contact: Harold (860) 212-0233 or hgrimes921@yahoo.com

West Haven

VA Community Center
144-52 Boston Post Rd, Room R28, West Haven
Wednesdays at 11:30 am
Contact: Allan (203) 496-0091; allangack@mac.com

NAMI Connecticut Young Adult Connection Community Groups (18 - 29 years old)

Guilford:

Youth & Families Service, 36 Graves Avenue, Guilford
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Contact: Cathie at 203-453-8047 X22

Hamden:

Quinnipiac University - Currently enrolled students & faculty only
275 Mt. Carmel Avenue
Weekly Evening Groups:                                                                                                                                                                                                                             3/6 - 6:00-7:00pm
Contact: Peter at 203-970-4866 for more information

Hartford:

NAMI Connecticut
576 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
Meetings, every other week on Tuesdays - Starting on September 18th, 2018 6:30-7:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Contact: Chase at 860-682-8400

LGBT Young Adult Rainbow Connection Group
NAMI Connecticut
576 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
Mondays - 6:00-7:30 PM
Contact: Hunter at 860-759-1054

Manchester:

MCC (Manchester Community College) - Currently enrolled students only
60 Bidwell Street, Manchester
Every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30
Contact: Brittany Brittanyallison1211@gmail.com

Mansfield:

Natchaug Hospital
189 Storrs Road, Mansfield
Every 1st & 3rd Fridays from 6:30-8:00
Contact: Chelsea chelseam.klein@yahoo.com

Middletown:

Russell Library
123 Broad Street, Contact Val for room details
Every Thursday at 6:15-8:00pm - Free on street parking after 6:00pm; lot across the street is $1 per hour                                                                               Contact: Val @ 860-788-5055

For CVH Young Adult Inpatient Unit ONLY
Connecticut Valley Hospital, Merritt Hall, Middletown
Second and Fourth Wednesdays, from 1:15-2pm
Contact: Val @ 860-788-5055

New Britain:

Central Connecticut State University Group
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Philbrick and Camp Meeting Rooms in the Student Center
Contact: Collin @ (860) 510-2109, or collinxschuster@gmail.com

Niantic:

Brian’s Healing Hearts, 461 Main Street, Niantic
Second and Fourth Thursdays, from 6-7:30PM
Contact: Judy at gamboajudy@gmail.com or call Brian’s Healing Hearts at (860) 625-5280

Storrs

UConn Storrs Campus, 2075 Hillside Rd. Storrs
Tuesdays in the Student Union, Room 312, from 7-8pm
Contact: Caitlyn at (860) 680-3355

West Hartford (ON HOLD)

West Farms Mall, Community Room - NOTE: THIS GROUP IS CURRENTLY ON HIATUS
1st & 3rd Saturdays of every month 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Contact: Kim @ 860-560-6966
* Enter through California Pizza Kitchen. Take the elevator on the left up to the second floor, and security will lead you to the community room.

*** NEW Teen Connection Support Group

Connect with other teens ages 16-18, discuss every-day challenges, and participate in thought-provoking activities that promote mental challenges.

Guilford

Youth & Families Service, 36 Graves Avenue, Guilford
Every Tuesday - 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Contact & Registration: Cathie at 203-453-8047 X22
*** Registration and caregiver permission is REQUIRED. .

NAMI Connecticut Opioid Education Family & Peer Support Groups

Hartford

Intercommunity - 16 Coventry St. Hartford                            Every Monday 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Paul (860) 882-8674

Waterbury

Catholic Charities, 13 Wolcott St. Waterbury                             Every Tuesday 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Paul (860) 882-8674

 

Contact Mental Health Connecticut for more statewide support groups: www.mhconn.org

 

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