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SERVING CASS | FREMONT | HARRISON | MILLS | MONONA | MONTGOMERY | PAGE | POTTAWATTAMIE | SHELBY COUNTIES

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.


NAMI’s support groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

  • Free of cost to participants
  • Designed for adult loved ones of people with mental health conditions
  • Led by family members of people with mental health conditions
  • 60-90 minutes long and meets weekly, every other week or monthly (varies by location)
  • No specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed
  • Confidential

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe setting, you can gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You'll benefit from other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and empower yourself by sharing your own experiences in a non-judgmental space.


NAMI Family Support Group will help you:

  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Understand that mental health conditions are no one's fault and can be traumatic experiences

What People Are Saying

“The most beneficial thing for me was that I am not alone. I found the NAMI Family Support Group at the time I really needed it!”

"The support group facilitators and attendees were respectful of other people's experiences and were non-judgmental when there were different ways of handling things."


"I felt I received constructive, practical and helpful information from group members."


"Using the [NAMI] support group model is so essential to the success of our family support groups. As a group, the collective wisdom covered a lot of possibilities."


Support Groups Available in Southwest Iowa

NAMI Southwest Iowa will begin offering Family Support Groups in two locations beginning September 2021:


Atlantic:  First Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, 614 Chestnut Street, Atlantic, IA

Clarinda:  Third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at Southwest Iowa Families, 215 E Washington Street, Clarinda, IA


Don't see a group in your area? Interested in starting a new group? Contact us today to learn how!

For more information, please call 712-542-7904 or email [email protected].

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