NAMI Vermont Restarts Peer Support Group at Rutland Mental Health Services 

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[RUTLAND, VERMONT]—NAMI Vermont is restarting its Connection Recovery Support Group hosted by Community Care Network-Rutland Mental Health Services for individuals to discuss their mental health challenges with others who can relate in a safe, supportive, peer-led environment. The Rutland support group will begin meeting in-person again after taking a hiatus due to the pandemic at Rutland Mental Health Services, located at 78 South Main Street. The group will have its first meeting on October 1 and meet the first and third Sunday of each month, 4:30–6 p.m. Meetings will take place in the Carriage House Conference Room on Engrem Avenue. Click here for Google Maps directions to Rutland Mental Health Services.

“Community Care Network-Rutland Mental Health Services is pleased once again to host NAMI Vermont at our site, and the return of the Rutland Connection Peer Support Group. Peer support is a powerful tool in mental health recovery, and we support NAMI Vermont’s initiative to bring this back to the Rutland region,” said Dick Courcelle, Community Care Network Chief Executive Officer. 

Group meetings follow a structured, peer-led model. Trained facilitators who have their own lived experience with mental illness lead the meetings based on the NAMI model, which is utilized for peer support groups nationwide. The structured, yet flexible format allows all participants the opportunity to be heard, receive support, and form meaningful connections. Facilitators guide group discussions to create a safe, respectful environment to share lived experience stories, and serve as a resource for any individual looking for community resources. Individuals interested in becoming a facilitator may contact NAMI Vermont’s Program Coordinator at [email protected]

Meetings are free and do not require any registration. For more information about this support group, email [email protected], call (802) 876-7949 x102, or visit

Shared as a press release on September 12, 2023.