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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.
https://zoom.us

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 prior to July, 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

Thursday
Thursday, July 9th, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Mark and Kelly Jefferson
Contact: Kelly Jefferson, kellyjefferson@charter.net
Also Meeting in Person: Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, 195 W. Country Lane, Collinsville, IL 62234. Masks are required.  This meeting will also be available via Zoom.  Contact Kelly Jefferson, 618-530-8558 to register for Zoom.

Thursday 
Thursday, July 16th, 7 – 8:30 PM
Facilitators: Julie Swogger and Linda Hylla
Contact: Pat Rudloff, silverlining6@charter.net

Thursday
Thursday, July 23rd, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Pat Rudloff and Beverly Churchill
Contact: Pat Rudloff, silverlining6@charter.net

Thursday 
Thursday, July 30th, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Wendy Klein and Laura Sims
Contact: Pat Rudloff, silverlining6@charter.net

Thursday
Thursday, Aug. 6th, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Diane and Paul Borawski
Contact: Pat Rudloff, silverlining6@charter.net

Thursday
Thursday, Aug. 13th, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Mark and Kelly Jefferson
Contact: Kelly Jefferson, kellyjefferson@charter.net

Thursday
Thursday, Aug. 20th, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Julie Swogger and Linda Hylla
Contact: Pat Rudloff, silverlining6@charter.net

Thursday
Thursday, Aug. 27th, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Pat Rudloff and Beverly Churchill
Contact: Pat Rudloff, silverlining6@charter.net

Thursday
Thursday, Sept. 3rd, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Diane and Paul Borawski
Contact: Pat Rudloff, silverlining6@charter.net

Thursday
Thursday, Sept. 10th,, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Mark and Kelly Jefferson
Contact: Kelly Jefferson, kellyjefferson@charter.net

Thursday
Thursday, Sept. 17th, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Julie Swogger and Linda Hylla
Contact: Pat Rudloff, silverlining6@charter.net

Thursday
Thursday, Sept. 24th, 7-8:30 PM
Facilitators: Pat Rudloff and Beverly Churchill
Contact: Pat Rudloff, silverlining6@charter.net


NAMI Connection – Virtual

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

Wednesday
Every Wednesday, 6:30PM-8:00PM, June 10, 2020 – December 30, 2020
Facilitators: Brianne Sharrar and Aaron K
Contact: Marie Krysnoski, namiswi2019@gmail.com

Saturday
Every Saturday, 4PM-5:30PM, May 9, 2020 – December 26, 2020
Facilitators: Tricia Hogan and Marie Krysnoski
Contact: Marie Krysnoski, namiswi2019@gmail.com


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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