DND Family Support Groups
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NAMI Family Support Group is a support group for family members, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is utilizing the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants.  For a complete list of all types of NAMI Maine support groups visit our Support Group Listing page.


What You Should Expect

  • Meets monthly or weekly for 90-minute sessions free of charge.
  • Designed for family members and friends (18 and over) of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Facilitated by a trained team of family members of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Confidential -- share as much or as little personal information as you want.
  • An environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance – we "get it”.
  • Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies for your family member
  • Guided by Principles of Support.



Why You Should Attend


At each meeting, you review the Group Guidelines and Principles of Support and update the group on the current events in your life, then spend the bulk of the meeting in group discussion, or ‘group work’. The group addresses urgent issues of its members, and participants share their learned experience or ‘group wisdom’. As a participant, your voice is heard, you get the support and resources you need, and you can contribute to a dynamic that encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.



Tools for caring for yourself and for your loved one


The support group can offer you practical advice on addressing issues related to mental illness and your loved one. It also gives you the appropriate space to have your personal needs met so that you can provide the best possible care for your family member. Taking time to voice your experiences and to hear from others may help you develop your inner reserves of strength. You may gain confidence in your ability to cope with your family member’s mental illness as well as local knowledge on how to best access needed services for your family member.


Visit our Support Group Listing page to find out more information on a Family Support Group presently being offered in the following cities and towns: Augusta, Bangor, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Dover-Foxcroft, Farmington, Harrington, Houlton, Machias, Portland, Raymond, Rumford, Sanford, Waterville.


New groups may be in the process of starting. Call 1-800-464-5767 ext. 2305 for more information or to be put on a list to be notified when a new group starts.