1. Start and stop on time
2. Time limit for Check In
3. Absolute confidentiality
4. Be respectful
5. Be mindful of others; no monopolizing or cross talk
6. Keep it in the here and now
7. Empathize with each other’s situation
Principles of Support
1. We will see the individual first, not the illness.
2. We recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers.
3. We understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events.
4. We aim for better coping skills.
5. We find strength in sharing experiences.
6. We reject stigma and do not tolerate discrimination.
7. We won’t judge anyone’s pain as less than our own.
8. We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
9. We embrace humor as healthy.
10. We accept we cannot solve all problems.
11. We expect a better future in a realistic way.
12. We will never give up hope.
NAMI MidTidewater Online Support Groups
We understand that this can be a difficult time and we appreciate your flexibility with using this platform so that we can continue to provide support while keeping everyone safe.The NAMI Online Support Group for Individuals in Recovery is a peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by trained leaders who’ve been there.
As we navigate this new platform together, we intend to adapt and expand our online support group offerings. Your mental wellness is just as important as your physical wellness, and we remain committed to providing you with support, education, and resources necessary to build better lives. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns - or feel free to jump right in to one of our groups! We are here with you and for you.
If you are in a crisis situation, please call 911, the National Suicide Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255),
Text NAMI to 741-741
PEER SUPPORT GROUP
Please note the following change
The online Connection Peer Support Group has been cancelled. Please see the information about the in-person Connection Peer Support groups.
ONLINE FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
Second and Fourth Wednesday of each Month
at 7:00 p.m.
There will be no online Family Support Group on November 24. Happy Thanksgiving
For family members, caregivers, and loved ones. We ask that you join about 10-15 minutes before the start of each meeting so we can help you get in to the meeting.
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Online Support Groups
We will be utilizing Zoom to host our online support groups. Zoom is an online video conferencing tool which allows individuals to meet virtually via video and/or audio from phones, computers, and tablets. Zoom works best by downloading the app, however, it is not required. If you have any questions - technical or otherwise - feel free to contact us!
To join a meeting, simply click on the links next to the schedule below. We recommend connecting a few minutes before the scheduled meeting time so that you have plenty of time to navigate any potential technical issues, adjust your settings and display name, and ensure that you and your peers have adequate time to utilize the group productively and positively.
804-684-1480 (voice mail only)
Privacy & Confidentiality
Although this is a different platform, please remember that this is a space of confidentiality. The conversation shared within this group must remain within this group.
Zoom software is designed to be HIPAA compliant, meaning the video is encrypted to ensure confidentiality. We have disabled audio, video, and chat recording capabilities. We ask that you do not attempt to record or save any of the video of messages shared in the group. We also ask that you consider your surroundings - try to find a space with no traffic and that is not easily listened upon, and use headphones if you can. Finally, you have the ability to change your display name to ensure privacy - simply hover over your name in the participants list, click "more" and "rename" or send a message to one of the hosts and we are more than happy to do it for you.
We also want to remind everyone that this is a group only for people 18 and older who are (individuals OR family/friends/partners of an individual) living with a mental health condition.
The same Group Guidelines and Principles of Support that apply to in-person meetings will be used to guide NAMI Online Support Groups, and each NAMI Online Support Group will be led by two NAMI-trained facilitators who are either family members or individuals in recovery themselves. These groups are offered free of charge, as are all NAMI Programs.
NAMI MidTidewater In-Person
Connection Peer Support Groups
Gloucester Peer Resource Center
1st and 3rd Fridays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
7603 Hospital Dr.
Gloucester VA 23061
Warsaw Peer Resource Center
Every Friday 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
5097 Richmond Rd.
Warsaw VA 22572
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Sponsors New Peer to Peer Class
NAMI Mid-Tidewater is pleased to announce we are sponsoring the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Educational program. Peer to Peer is a free, 8-session course for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI Peer‐to‐Peer provides an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope.
The NAMI Peer-to-Peer education program is:
Free and confidential
Held twice a week for two hours
Taught by trained Peer Mentors living in recovery themselves
A great resource for information on mental health and recovery
Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-12 noon at 7603 Hospital Dr., Gloucester, VA 23061 beginning October 5th.
Class size will be limited to 12 participants so pre-registration is required.
To register contact Pam Mullins at 804-210-1619 or
for more info email NamiMidtidewater@gmail.com or leave message at 804-684-1480.