Programs

Ain’t no virus gonna stop us!

While we have temporarily ceased meeting together in person for our support groups, we are now meeting online to keep the support going!

Until we get the “all clear” to gather in person again, we are hosting Family Support Group meetings and NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meetings online. For more information, please contact us directly:

NAMI Martin County Family Support Group: We continue to meet the first and third Mondays monthly, except on major holidays, from 6:00-7:00-ish PM. For details, please email: info@namimartincounty.org.

NAMI Martin County Connections will meet online Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 PM. For details, email the facilitator, Kimberly Comer, at kimberlyc64@att.net.

As always, we encourage you to share this information with anyone you know who would find our support groups useful and helpful.

We will update this page and our Facebook page as soon as we resume in-person gatherings.

In the meantime, we will be updating our Facebook page on a regular basis as we find valuable information to share, and urge you to call 211 of the Treasure Coast for local resources and assistance. NAMI.org offers a page of information re. the virus and resources here: https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Updates-on-the-Coronavirus.

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Our programs (click heading for more…)


Family & Friends Support Group

NAMI Martin County’s Family & Friends 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 major holidays) from 6pm to 7pm at the Pittenger Center, Room 2, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 701 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart.

The Pittenger Center is located on the northeast corner of Ocean & Amerigo, ACROSS the street from St. Mary’s church. Ample parking is available.

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Pittenger Center, Room 2, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
St. Marys Episcopal Church, Stuart, FL

We are grateful to the St. Mary’s community for graciously allowing us to use their beautiful facility for our support group meetings!

NAMI Family Support Group is a structured, 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 information on peer support groups in our area for people living 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
  • Confidential
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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!”


NAMI Connection Recovery
Support Groups – Stuart and PSL

NAMI Martin County’s Connection Recovery Support Group in Stuart meets every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Pittenger Center, 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, ACROSS the street from St. Mary’s church. Ample parking is available. (See map above.)

Another NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets in Port St. Lucie every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Port St Lucie Hospital, 2550 SE Walton Rd.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by trained leaders who’ve been there.

NAMI’s support groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need.

  • Free of cost to participants
  • Designed for adults (18+) with mental health conditions
  • Led by people with mental health conditions
  • 90 minutes long and meets weekly, every other week or monthly (varies by location)
  • No specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed
  • Confidential

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you can gain hope and feel a sense of connection. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You’ll benefit from other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and empower yourself by sharing your own experiences in a non-judgmental space.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Understand that mental health conditions are no one’s fault and can be traumatic experiences

What People Are Saying

“… 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.”

“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.”


NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a six-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others. NAMI Basics is available online through NAMI Basics OnDemand.

The OnDemand program is guided by parents and family members with lived experience, is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. Both formats provide identical information, strategies and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers.

What You’ll Gain

By participating in NAMI Basics, you’ll realize that you are not alone. You’ll find support and shared understanding—compassion, reinforcement and empathy from people who truly get your situation. And don’t forget: Your experiences may also help others in the course. Together, you will all learn that recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

NAMI Basics Covers:

  • The impact mental health conditions can have on your entire family
  • Different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies
  • An overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and resources to help you navigate these systems
  • How to advocate for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
  • How to prepare for and respond to crisis situations (self-harm, suicide attempts, etc.)
  • The importance of taking care of yourself 
  • Much, much more

What People Are Saying

“This is such a great step-by-step program that walks parents through every step. It’s as if they’re holding your hand through it all.”

“This class was unexpectedly wonderful! I did not expect to learn so very, very much! This program is well-written with excellent segues between topics. It covers so much more than BASICS—the title doesn’t do it justice.”

“I find it truly remarkable that this is free to those who are interested.”

“NAMI Basics OnDemand allows parents and primary caregivers to easily access information and resources available to support themselves and their family’s mental health needs.”

“The convenience of being able to do the program when I was able to find the time was invaluable.”

Sign Up For A Class

Click here to register for NAMI Basics OnDemand.


Other Support in Our Area

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 and other programming throughout the week. (Click here for current monthly calendar.) 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. The

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

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Stuart Harbor Drop-In Center

NAMI Family-to-Family Class

Fall 2020

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NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-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 register for our next 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.”


NAMI Homefront Class

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions.

What You’ll Gain

Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all people affected by mental health conditions. This in-person experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:

  • Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
  • Support your family member with compassion
  • Identify and access federal, state and local services
  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and substance use
  • Understand current treatments and evidence-based therapies
  • Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
  • Manage a crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively

What People Are Saying

“This training has been really helpful for me to process much of my own emotions. I am at a point now that being able to stop and look back at exactly how far we’ve come and being reminded of the painful past but positive changes was very empowering. Sometimes when we get stuck in the routine of moving on we lose sight of how far we’ve come.”

“I realized I saw signs and symptoms of PTSD but did not know how to handle my loved one – I know better how to handle situations.”

“You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”— Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA clinic

“We are still friends with everyone that was in the class. There’s always and open ear and an open heart and a shoulder to cry on if you need it.” — Father of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA hospital

Sign Up For A Class

NAMI Homefront is offered online! We understand that attending an in-person class can be difficult for busy individuals and families. We now offer NAMI Homefront Online. Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.

NAMI Homefront registration fills very quickly, as group sizes are very small. To learn when the next Homefront class will be offered and when registration is open, please check the NAMI.org website’s Homefront page, here: https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-Education/NAMI-Homefront

Note on Homefront regisration, from NAMI Martin County: In our experience, these (excellent!) online Homefront groups do fill within days of announcement, so please check often for open registration, then register immediately!


Other Support in Our Area

Harbor Network Drop-In Center

Please check with Harbor Network directly to determine if/when they’re open, given the current “safer-at-home” orders in Florida.

The Harbor Network Drop-In Center in Stuart (618 SE Central Parkway) hosts peer support group meetings for individuals with mental illness and other programming throughout the week. Please call them at (772) 287-4545 with questions about programming 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

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Stuart Harbor Drop-In Center

Other Area Programming

NAMI Palm Beach County is a significantly larger organization with an amazing array of programs and resources, yet less than an hour south of us! In addition to speaker presentations and other NAMI programs and support groups, their monthly General Meeting often addresses topics that are valuable to many of us in the Martin County area.

Local members who are interested in traveling to PBC for events are encouraged to talk with others and with our group’s leadership to help organize group attendance and carpools. Many people might want to go but don’t feel comfortable going alone or don’t have a way to get there … Reach out – let’s organize to make more options available to us all! Email info@namimartincounty.org.


NAMI Florida, our state organization, offers information about what’s happening at the state level and a list of NAMI programming available at many of the other 26 affiliates in the state. A list of support groups meeting via Zoom throughout the state is available at https://namiflorida.org/.