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Mental Illness Guide: Care, Support, and Education
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Where can my family meet other families?

For people moving to wellness, family life can mean sharing life events that involve happiness, creativity, and productivity.  They can enjoy a social life with new friends, other close friends and extended family members in a safe environment.  The following information will help family members make life pleasant and worthwhile.

Support Groups

A support group is a good place for your family to share their feelings and learn from the experiences of other families.  There is a support group on this website for family members of people with  mental illness.  There is also a support group for both people with  mental illness and their families.  The nice thing about these groups is that your family can use them at any time, and they do not have to leave home to get to them

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

If your family wants to go to a group that meets in person, they can go to one of the support groups that the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) has.  NAMI is an organization that provides information, support and advocacy for people with mental illness, their families and friends.  NAMI has support groups all over the country.  NAMI has all kinds of groups.  Some of them are just for family members of people with mental illnesses.  Others are for both the people with mental illnesses and their family members.  Your family should call the contact person of the group they are interested in to see what kind of group it is and to find out if it would be a good group for them.  You can locate support groups on  Or call 1-800-950-NAMI,