NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Program
is a peer-based, mutual support
group model. The vision is that every person in this country who lives with a
mental illness will have, within reasonable driving distance, a NAMI
Connection Recovery Support Group to attend.
A NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
is an alliance of individuals who have in
common the experience of living with mental illness. It provides a place to
share our experiences and use them as learning opportunities for ourselves
and others. Connection groups are a safe space to confront the challenges
that all consumers face, regardless of diagnosis: low self-esteem; social
isolation; dual diagnosis; stigma and discrimination; etc.
NAMI Connection Facilitators
are individuals living with mental illnesses and are at a
point in recovery where they want to “give back” to others. They attend an
intense training designed to help them develop the skills they need to
facilitate a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group.
NAMI Connection Facilitators:
NAMI Connection Trainees
- Apply to be selected to attend trainings and include a reference in their application
- Receive skill training in the NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group model
- Are volunteers
- Work in pairs to co-facilitate weekly 90 minute groups ( a minimum of 2 facilitators per group is required)
- Commit to a minimum of one year of service
- Commit to fidelity to the NAMI Connection model
do not need to be members of NAMI prior to attending the
Facilitator training. The expectation is that NAMI Connection facilitator
trainees will become members at the training if they are not members already.
Open Door memberships (a reduced rate) are available for individuals with
low incomes. Special note: Attending a facilitator training does not guarantee
becoming certified as a facilitator
Keys to starting successful Connection groups:
Sites, meeting days and times should
be arranged prior to facilitator trainings. This way, facilitators can begin
groups directly after the training occurs. Local Affiliate leaders are
instrumental in making these arrangements with the sites and the facilitators.