P.O.W.E.R. (Parents Offering Wisdom, Education, and Resources)
NAMI Pinellas’ P.O.W.E.R. Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals (24 years and younger) living with symptoms of a mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others in a safe and confidential environment. The groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who have lived experience and are now living in recovery.
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 get what you need. The group meets the last Tuesday of every month, 7 PM – 8:30 PM.
Support Group Schedule
POWER – Parents Offering Wisdom, Education & Resources.
When: The last Tuesday of every month, 7 PM – 8:30 PM Where: Zoom.
Location: Zoom link | Meeting ID 81367555321
Support Group Dates for January – October 2024:
NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.
- Free of cost to participants
- Designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness led by family members of individuals living with mental illness
- Meets twice a month
- No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
What You’ll Gain
By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard, and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You’ll benefit through other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and learn now to identify local resources and how to use them.
NAMI Family 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
Family members and friends can talk openly about their challenges and help one another through their own experience and learned wisdom. Trained NAMI family member facilitators encourage all to participate.
For more information, please contact Destini Gill, Program Manager, or call 727-826-0807.