COAST CITIES — For people living with mental illness, a safe environment that offers them a place to express themselves and receive support without being judged is a critical component of recovery and wellness. In recognition of this need, NAMI-North Coastal San Diego County has launched three weekly support groups called NAMI Connection.
“One out of five families, or one in 17 adults, contends with a mental illness each year,” said NAMI Connection Support Group Facilitator, Ann Cummings, coordinator of Peer Affairs for NAMI North Coastal San Diego County. “Thanks to our amazing volunteer facilitators, who themselves live with mental illness, people in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista need not feel isolated.”
The new weekly NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups offer an inclusive place to learn from others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer encouragement and support.
“Honestly, the best thing I could ever hear from someone is ‘I understand, I’ve been there,’” said Cummings said.
The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are free and open to all adults who suffer from any mental illness. The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group in Oceanside is every Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Mariposa Clubhouse, 560 Greenbrier Drive.
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group in Carlsbad will run every Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. beginning April 16 at St. Michael’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd.
A third NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is still being formed and hopes to start May 7 and meet on Thursdays as a Tri-City Outpatient Program, 510 West Vista Way. Call (760) 722-3754 for more information before coming.
For more information visit www.nami-northcoastal.org or e-mail NAMI at [email protected] or call (760) 722-3754.