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Support Groups

ZoomFor everyone’s health and safety, NAMI SWI support groups have transitioned to online Zoom video conferencing. Zoom is a Free cloud-based video conferencing service. Click the Link below to download the Zoom app.

Attendance Information: Participants must register for each meeting NO LATER THAN 4:30PM on the day of the Support group meeting in order to receive the Zoom meeting link to join the meeting that evening. If you would like to attend a Zoom meeting, please send an email to the Contact prior to the meeting. You will receive an invitation to join, with the Link to get into the meeting. You may choose to use Video or Audio to participate.

Virtual Support Groups COVID19

Virtual meetings will continue with the caveat that, if and when we are able to return to our regular meetings, we will immediately inform you of that and resume them within 2 weeks following the announcement. We will continue to keep you abreast of the situation both on our website and our Facebook page. We thank you for your continued support and involvement during this unprecedented time.

NAMI Family Support Group – Virtual

Open to families and friends of persons diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness

First Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Diane and Paul Borawski
Contact: Pat Rudloff,

Second Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Mark and Kelly Jefferson
Contact: Kelly Jefferson,

Third Thursday of each month, 7 – 8:30 PM 
Facilitators: Julie Swogger and Linda Hylla
Contact: Pat Rudloff,

Fourth Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Pat Rudloff and Beverly Churchill
Contact: Pat Rudloff,

Holiday Schedule for November and December
Since our Family Support Meetings for the 4th Thursdays of the month fall on — Thanksgiving (November), Christmas Eve and New Years Eve (December) those meetings have been rescheduled to the Tuesday before the holiday. This change only affects meetings that would normally meet on the 4th or 5th Thursday of the month.

Holiday Schedule for November and December 2020:
November – Thursdays: 5, 12, 19
Tuesday: 24

December – Thursdays: 3, 10, 17
Tuesdays: 22 and 29

Any month that has a Fifth Thursday, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: TBD
Contact: Pat Rudloff,

Registration is required in order to receive the link to the Zoom Virtual meeting.

NAMI Connection – Virtual

Support group open to all adults with mental illness regardless of diagnosis

Every Wednesday, 6:30PM-8:00PM, June 10, 2020 – December 30, 2020
Facilitators: Brianne Sharrar and Aaron K
Contact: Marie Krysnoski,

Every Saturday, 4PM-5:30PM, May 9, 2020 – December 26, 2020
Facilitators: Tricia Hogan and Marie Krysnoski
Contact: Marie Krysnoski,

Questions regarding NAMI SWI meetings and inclement weather policies: When Southwestern IL College (SWIC) classes are cancelled because of bad weather NAMI SWI support meetings are also cancelled. SWIC cancellation notices will be broadcast on all major TV and radio stations in the St. Louis area.

There is an urgent need in these stressful times for NAMI to offer more support meetings throughout the 6 counties we are attempting to serve. It takes volunteers to do this. Please call the NAMI office 618-798-9788 for information about how you can become a support group facilitator.

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