Family Support Group
NAMI Martin County’s confidential Family Support Group is open to anyone with a family member or close friend who has a mental illness.
We meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month (except on holidays), from 6pm to 7pm.
The Pittenger Center, Meeting Room 2, of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church,
701 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart
The Pittenger Center is located on the northeast corner of Ocean & Amerigo, directly ACROSS from St. Mary’s. Ample parking is available.
We are grateful to St. Mary’s for graciously allowing us to use their beautiful facility for our meetings! Every week, many other kinds of support groups (AA, ACA, NA, OA, Alanon, etc.) also meet at St. Mary’s. Calendar here.
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. (Please see below for infomation on a peer support group for people with mental illness.)
NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.
- Free of cost to participants
- Designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness
- Led by family members of individuals living with mental illness
- No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
What You’ll Gain
By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard, and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You’ll benefit through other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and learn now to identify local resources and how to use them.
NAMI Family 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
What People Are Saying
“Using the [NAMI] support group model is so essential to the success of our family support groups. As a group, the collective wisdom covered a lot of possibilities.”
“The most beneficial thing for me was that I am not alone. I found the NAMI Family Support Group at the time I really needed it!”
Peer Support Group
Harbor Network Drop-In Center
The Harbor Network Drop-In Center in Stuart (618 SE Central Parkway) hosts peer support group meetings for individuals with mental illness every Monday and Thursday at 1:00 pm. Please call them at 772 287 4545 with questions and for more information about other services provided at Harbor Network. Other MHAIRC drop-in centers are located in Okeechobee and Vero Beach.
MHAIRC Drop-In Centers are peer-operated, recovery oriented environments in the community that provide a safe, friendly, supportive and confidential place where people with similar experiences are not judged. Open 365 days of the year, the Centers are designed to empower consumers to change the quality of their lives. The members are respected and offer peer support to one another. Recreational and social activities are offered to all members to promote a supportive, active and empowering atmosphere as members actively participate in their recovery.
Stuart location: 618 SE Central Parkway, Stuart, FL 34994
Beginning in September 2019 . . .
NAMI Family-to-Family Class
Location: Stuart, FL
For more information or to pre-register for the 2019 class, please call 772-285-0967.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
What You’ll Gain
NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you’ll learn about:
- How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
- Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
- Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
- Finding and using local supports and services
- Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
- Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
- The impact of mental illness on the entire family
Please call 772-285-0967 for more information or to pre-register for the 2019 Family-to-Family class.
What People Are Saying
“Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed.”
“I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none.”