When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it's important to know that you're not alone. NAMI provides many support opportunities that are dedicated to helping the lives of those affected by mental illness. Each peer-support program below is intended for a different population.

NAMI Piedmont Tri-County FREE Support Groups

NAMI’s support groups provide a confidential and safe space for families, caregivers, and individuals affected by mental illness, to be heard and to receive the support they deserve. Please scroll all the way down to find the group that works for you. 

  • Zoom Meetings usually last either an hour or an hour and a half
  • All meetings require a PASSWORD and registration, see each group for access information
  • FREE to participants, no membership required
  • Meets weekly or monthly depending on the group
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
  • Meetings led by individuals who have experienced mental illness themselves or through a loved one.
  • Request Reminders By Text (speak to the facilitator in your meeting, 1st message must be approved by replying to the CALLINGPOST text).

Support Groups Offered Weekly and Monthly

  1. Connections Support Group for those with a mental health diagnosis 18 + Thurs on zoom
  2. Connection Support Group in Person 18+ (4th Thursday - In-Person Group)
  3. Connection Support Group 18-29-year-olds in-person meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday
  4. Family & Caregiver Support Group - for those living with an adult relative or loved one with a mental health diagnosis
  5. Parent/Caregiver support group for those living with a child under 22 or a loved one with a mental health condition.
  6. LGBTQIA+ For those over 18 living with a mental health condition
  7. Suicide Survivor Support Group: By AFSP For family members/caregivers or friends who have lost a loved one to suicide.
  8. Adoptive and Foster Parent Support Group (adults only).
  9. Coffee and Conversation 11:15 - 12:15 Mon, Tue, Wed. Drop in, and meet your peers for coffee and conversation. Open Meeting.

Connection Support Group 

The Connection Support Group is a peer-led support groups are for adults diagnosed with a mental illness. It’s a safe place where people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding. Please see below: 

  1. Weekly Thursday at 6:30 PM on ZOOM  EXCEPTION: 4th Thursday of every month this meeting is at 1:00 PM on ZOOM. Register in advance for this meeting: https://tinyurl.com/nud94mdc  Join Zoom Meeting from the confirmation email
  2. 4th Thursday of the month only 18+ IN-PERSON at THE HUT, 415 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill SC 29730 at 6:30 PM
  3. 2nd and 4th Wednesday - (ages 18-29 only). In-Person Connection Support Group The Hut 415 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill SC 6-7:30 PM

Family Support Group

The Family Support Group is a peer-led confidential and safe support group for families/friends and caregivers who care for an adult with a mental health condition by utilizing collective lived experiences and learned group wisdom we hope to understand and support each other and our community.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Tuesday Evenings at 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://tinyurl.com/7zwad7m8

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Parent/Caregivers Support Group

The Caregivers Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members and caregivers of children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges or who are diagnosed with a mental illness. The goal is to help the caregiver have a safe place to share their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental atmosphere, to be embraced by others who are in similar circumstances, to gain encouragement and hope in managing their loved ones, and to grow in the knowledge that we can enjoy a happy and healthy life.

Topic: Parent & Caregivers Support Group York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties
When: Every Third Monday of the month, 06:30 PM EST

In-Person at THE HUT, 415 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill SC 29730
Please park in the parking lot for Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church and follow the signs to THE HUT (to the right of the OAPC church building).
We will no longer be broadcasting this support group on ZOOM. Please attend this group in person.

LGBTQIA+ Support Group 

The LGBTQIA+ Support Group is a peer-led support group for those over 18 years old diagnosed with a mental illness or experiencing mental health stressors. It’s a safe place where people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.

Zoom meeting. When: Always the 3rd Friday of the month at 04:00 PM Eastern Time (the US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://tinyurl.com/wdy5p9

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Suicide Loss Support Group

Have you lost a loved one to suicide? We recognize the need in our community to support those living as suicide survivors. We have partnered with AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) to offer monthly support meetings. While our individual stories are different, the feelings, questions, and stages of grief can be very much the same. Our survivor support groups will provide a community where we are able to engage with others who understand.

Every Tuesday at 6:30 PM  Meets at The Hut, 415 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill SC (park in Oakland Ave. Presbyterian Church Parking lot and enter via the playground entrance)

Adoptive and Foster Parent Support Meeting

Monthly, Adoptive and Foster Parents are invited to this first Saturday of the month get-together to chat and connect to find support and encouragement through peer relationships.
Monthly: Saturday 6.30 PM - 8 PM
Location: The Hut NAMI PTC Drop-In Center 415 Oakland Avenue, The Hut Rock Hill, SC 29730

Coffee and Conversation

Stop by The Hut between 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM and enjoy coffee and conversation with your peers. This is a casual drop-in at our Community Center Mon, Tue, and Wed. Fostering connection and community for adults (18+) who live with a mental health diagnosis or an emotional or behavioral stressor. Don't sit at home alone, come and have coffee and chat with those who get it. Please check our social media and website for holiday and event closings before coming to The Hut. Begins January 9th, 2023

https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Support-Groups

NAMI’S PRINCIPLES OF SUPPORT

These Principles represent what we are striving for – our goals and aspirations as we struggle to come to terms with our mental illnesses. This is our belief system regarding universal, necessary truths that guide and strengthen us when life deals us this particular challenge.-We will see the individual first, not the illness.

  • We recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers.
  • We understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events.
  • We aim for better coping skills.
  • We find strength in sharing experiences.
  • We reject stigma and do not tolerate discrimination.
  • We won’t judge anyone’s pain as less than our own.
  • We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
  • We embrace humor as healthy.
  • We accept we cannot solve all problems.
  • We expect a better future in a realistic way.
  • We will never give up hope!

The goal of support group meetings is to help the caregiver have a safe place to share their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental atmosphere, to be embraced by others who are in similar circumstances, to gain encouragement and hope in managing their lives, and to grow in the knowledge that we can return to a happy and healthy life.

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For resources, other agencies, peer support, mental health laws, regulations, and other opportunities - Please see our Resources Page  

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NAMI HELPLINE 800-950-NAMI [email protected] M-F, 10 AM - 6 PM ET Crisis Text LineText "NAMI" to 741741

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