For Loved Ones of Individuals Living With Mental Illness

NAMI Marin Family Support Groups are peer-led support groups for family members, non-professional caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI Marin 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


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 how to identify local resources and how to use them.

NAMI Marin Family Support Groups 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




“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 Marin Family Support Group – San Rafael

Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:00-8:00 pm with Jack Lieberman

Enterprise Resource Center, 3270 Kerner Blvd., Building A, Suite C, San Rafael

NAMI Marin Family Support Group – Novato

Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm with Adam and Teri Edell, United Methodist Church, Room 7, 1473 South Novato Blvd, Novato.

NAMI Marin  Español Central Marin – San Rafael (in collaboration with Community Action Marin)

Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm, Enterprise Resource Center at the Wellness Center Campus, 3270 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael. For more information call Gloria McCallister at 415-473-2261.

For more information, please call the NAMI Marin office at 1-415-444-0480.