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NAMI Connection Peer Support Group Set To Begin

NAMI Connection will begin Sept. 4 and is held every Tuesday at 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, contact Gabriel Sparks at 816-200-7424 or email gabrielnamiconnection@gmail.com; or Elizabeth Wilson, elizwilson2015@gmail.com. You may also download this PDF flyer on the local event and this flyer on the NAMI program overall.
NAMI Connection Northland will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Northland Behavioral Health & Wellness, 119 NE 72nd St, Gladstone.

Held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., NAMI Connection is organized by the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI). The free, peer-led support group is for adults living with mental illness.

Participants 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 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

What People Are Saying

“NAMI Connection has enabled me to take a good look at my illness and see that I am not alone. The program has given me additional tools to not only accept my illness, but to help others along the way.”

“…People can solve problems [at a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group]. It isn't just a bunch of sad stories; people are coming up with solutions and stuff to do for the next week. One of our group attendees is taking her meds and getting herself to her counselor and is just about able to go back to her career in great part due to Connection.”

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