Locate a Support Group near you

NAMI Vermont offers support groups for families, friends, and individuals living with mental illness. In support groups, people learn from one another’s experiences, share coping strategies and offer mutual encouragement and understanding. The groups provide an ongoing opportunity to discuss the challenges individuals experience who are affected by mental illness and the techniques for maintaining wellness. All meetings are facilitated by trained NAMI Vermont facilitators.

The NAMI support groups follow the following ‘Principles of Support’:

  • 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.

Some people come to support groups for a few months and get answers and support for the challenging times and then move on. Others stay for years. Support groups are free and open to the public. No registration is required.