Peer Support Group

About Peer Support

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group led by NAMI-trained facilitators who have personal experience of living with mental illness. Peer support is designed for adults living with mental illness who will gain insight from hearing from others like you. NAMI Jax support groups meet  bi-weekly, weekly or monthly and are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need.

We are a support group that focuses on allowing participants to share their experiences and learn from each other in a safe environment. We don’t take attendance.

Connection Recovery Support Group is free and open to any individual living with mental illness. Student or non-participant observation is not permitted.  

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Join Us on Zoom

Every Tuesday - 6:15pm - 7:30pm

The virtual Connection Recovery Support Groups are open only to individuals living with mental illness who are seeking support, compassion, and recovery. Register to be on our meeting list.

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* Please note - As of May 1, 2024 there are new Zoom links to register for support groups and you must RE-REGISTER to attend.

Review our Connection Recovery Support Group Guidelines here.

Join Us in Person

Every Wednesday - 6:15 - 7:30 pm

HCA Florida - Orange Park Hospital - Classroom C - 2001 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073

2nd and 4th Thursdays - 6:15 - 7:30 pm

Winston YMCA Riverside - Healthy Living Center - 221 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Drop ins are welcome at all our in-person support groups.

What You'll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe environment, you will 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
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Family Support

Family Support Groups are open only to family members, care givers, and friends of a loved one with mental illness seeking support, compassion, and education about caring for their loved one.

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Youth & Young Adult Support

Youth (high school age) Support Groups and Young Adult (age 18-30) Support Groups are open only to individuals within those age ranges with mental illness seeking support, compassion, and education about recovery.

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What Are People Saying

“NAMI Connection has enabled me to take a good look at my illness and see that I am not alone. The program has given me additional tools to not only accept my illness, but to help others along the way.”

“… People can solve problems [at a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group]. It isn’t just a bunch of sad stories; people are coming up with solutions and stuff to do for the next week. One of our group attendees is taking her meds and getting herself to her counselor and is just about able to go back to her career in great part due to Connection.”

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