NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.

If you are an individual living with mental illness and are interested in finding support and community, please join us at the following times and locations:

  • The first and third Monday of the month at 6 pm, located at Empath Health 5771 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater, The Gathering Place, building 100, Room D.
  • The second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm in the conference room of St. Petersburg Main Branch Library 3745 9th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33713. 

***These groups will resume weekly meetings beginning July 10th and 11th.***

NAMI’s Support 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. The groups meet on a weekly basis.

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way

These groups are open to the community, regardless of diagnosis.

For more information, please contact Stacy Freskos, Education and Support Coordinator, at 727-826-0807.