FAQ: Support Groups
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   Frequently Asked Questions about NAMI Support Groups:


What are NAMI Support Groups?

  • Free, confidential groups offering any individual the opportunity to receive support and information from their peers.
  • These 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.

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 What could I gain by attending?

  • People can gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others.
  • By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships.
  • These recovery-focused groups encourage empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

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Who should attend?
  • Any one over the age of 16. NAMI Maine currently offers eight different types of support groups.
  • Click here to find out more about which group would be the best option for you.

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Who runs NAMI Support Groups?
  • Each group is facilitated by an individual with lived experience as an individual with mental illness or an individual supporting someone with mental illness.
  • These facilitators are volunteers who are at a point in recovery where they can safely offer support to others.
  • Before facilitating a group, each volunteer must complete a 2-day training delivered by NAMI Maine staff.
  • Interested in facilitating a support group? Click here to find out more information.

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Do I have to sign up or register?
  • No registration is necessary for NAMI Support Groups.
  • These are drop-in groups for people to attend as often or as little as they want.

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How often do groups meet?
  • The frequency of each group varies, based on the schedules of facilitators and the needs of the area.
  • Check out the event pages to find specific information about when and where each group meets.
  • If a group is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be posted on the NAMI Maine Facebook page by 4pm that day.

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Where are support groups located?
  • NAMI Maine sponsors groups are offered statewide.
  • Since all support groups are facilitated by volunteers, availability of groups is based on the willingness of individuals with lived experience contacting NAMI Maine and completing the 2-day training.

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I cannot find any support groups in my area. What should I do?
  • Contact the staff in NAMI Maine's Peer & Family Education Program to find out if we have plans to start a group near you soon or let us know where you would like to see a support group in the future.

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   More Questions? Contact staff in the Peer & Family Education Program