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Support Groups


Hemet Family Support Group
Meets monthly every 2nd Thursday
Location: 650 N State St, Hemet, CA 92543
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm     

Beaumont/Banning Family Support Group
Meets monthly every 3rd Thursday
Location: The Lakes, 5801 Sun Lakes Blvd, Banning, CA 92220
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm      

For more information contact Mark Faber 951-797-0120 or NAMI at 951-765-1850
Support groups are free and open for any family member or care giver of persons having serious mental health challenges. We believe in the following Principles of Support:

  • We will see the individual first, not the illness.
  • We recognize mental illnesses are brain disorders, that may have environmental triggers.
  • We aim for better coping skills.
  • We find strength in sharing experiences.
  • We reject stigma in ourselves and others.
  • 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 that we cannot resolve all problems.
  • We expect a better future in a realistic way.
  • We will never give up hope!

“Using the support group model is so essential to the success of our family support groups. Without the training, networking, and support of the group members I fear that support groups would become nothing more than “cry” sessions or “gripe” sessions. As a group the collective wisdom covered a lot of possibilities towards the issues.

I would like more information about NAMI Family Support Groups or Connection Recovery Support Groups  


NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group  for persons with lived mental health experience to share with trained facilitators with lived experience also. Focus is on Recovery in mental health

New DAYS and Locations FOR Connection Recovery Support Groups!!

New Connection Support Group Flier June 2017


What is NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group?

  • A confidential support group for adults living with mental illness.
  • Available free of charge to participants.
  • Support groups meet weekly for 90-minutes and follow a flexible structure without an educational format.
  • Led by trained facilitators living with mental illness who are at a point in recovery that they want to give back to the community.
  • Offers a safe environment for adults who live with mental illness to express themselves without being judged.
  • A possible avenue to recovery for people with mental health illness – it should fit in with, and not replace, individual treatment plans.
  • Reflects NAMI’s core values of inclusiveness – any adult with a mental illness is welcome, regardless of diagnosis.
  • NAMI Connection does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies.
  • NAMI Connection is copyrighted.

What are the goals of NAMI Connection support groups?

  • Provide a sense of community and hope throughout recovery.
  • Encourage, support and empower people.
  • To encourage, support and empower people
  • Provide confidential support free of charge.
  • Support any adult who is living with a mental illness.
  • Provide a support from trained facilitators living in recovery themselves.

What are people saying about NAMI Connection?

  • “I don’t know where I’d be without NAMI Connection; it literally saved my life. I’m so grateful for my group and now I just want to share this program with everyone living with a mental illness”
  • “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 Connection has helped not only me, but also my family, to accept my mental illness”
  • “Getting involved with NAMI Connection has helped me to get involved with other people who share the same issues as I do, which means I’ve made some really good friends.”

How do people learn about NAMI Connection? In every community, NAMI looks for “Connection Champions” to help ensure that NAMI Connection support groups take root, grow and flourish.

Dedicated champions help NAMI by greatly increasing the number of people with mental illness we help and the number of people who learn about NAMI.

NAMI Connection facilitators are trained to provide community outreach and marketing for the program. In addition to traditional methods of outreach, such as flyers and brochures, NAMI Connection is promoted electronically via newsletters, websites and social media maintained by NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates.

As with other NAMI education and support programs, NAMI Connection offers a vital community resource while also raising public awareness of NAMI generally and introduces NAMI to audiences who do not already know about us.

Connections support group Hemet San Jacinto 2015

Meets Every  Thursday Afternoon
12:30-2:00 PM
650 N. State St, Hemet CA 92545 Corner of Menlo and State St.
Phone: (951) 765-1850


NEW Conexion Support Groupo Espanol

Conexion Mt San Jacinto April 2017

Related Support Group Meetings

Families and  persons with lived mental health experiences welcomed
Meets Every Monday From 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
191 Columbia St, Hemet, CA 92544 (Meets in room 8)
Contact: Rhonda Thompson
Phone: (951) 533-8377

Other Support Groups and Resources in the Hemet/San Jacinto area



Other support groups in Mid County Region

NAMI Temecula Connections Monthly Meeting 1-2:30 PM, Tuesday (not the first Tuesday)

Grace Mellman Library
4100 Country Circle Drive
Temecula, CA 92592

Nearby NAMI Family Support Group Monthly Meetings

Temecula: meets the 2nd Thursday at 6:30 PM

Temecula Mental Health
41002 County Ctr Dr Ste 320
Temecula, CA 92592

Perris: meets the 2nd Thursday at 2:30 – 4:00 PM

Perris Mental Health Clinic
1688 N Perris Blvd L7-L11
Perris, CA 92571


NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
Contact: Sharon Jones
Phone: (951) 672-2089

Riverside University Health System- Behavioral Health
2nd Thursday Of Each Month at 6:30 pm
Contact: Mary Arnold
Phone: (951) 693-4095



Family Support Group Flyer11-5-15

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