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Programs at NAMI Cape Ann

Support Groups

Our support groups help people in recovery from mental illness (peers) and their family or friends. People learn from one another’s experiences, share coping strategies, and offer encouragement and understanding.

Please refer to the Calendar tab for the Support Group schedule.
All groups are for adults (18-years-old-plus).

Family & Friends Support Group in Ipswich – meets virtually
Meets 7-8:30 p.m., Third Monday of each month – Starts Jan. 20, 2020

Our Lady of Hope Parish
One Pineswamp Rd, Ipswich

Family & Friends Support Group at NAMI Cape Ann – meets virtually
Meets 7-8:30 p.m., Second Tuesday of each month

Peer Support Group (Recovery Support) at NAMI Cape Ann

Contact for information on peer support groups.

All groups take place at the NAMI Cape Ann office, Room 2A, Scott Business Center, 43 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester. Enter the door under the canopy that says “Main Entrance” and follow the arrows to the second floor. There is an elevator.

NAMI Greater North Shore facilitates support groups in Salem as follows:

These are being conducted virtually.

Family Caregiver Support Group
Salem Hospital – Davenport Rooms 101 and 102A
81 Highland Ave, Salem, MA

7:00 to 8:30 pm, Last Wednesday of Each Month
Contact: Chris Sadkowski: 617.984.0504

Peer Support Group (Recovery Support)
Salem Hospital – Conference room
81 Highland Ave, Salem, MA

7:00 – 8:30 pm, Last Wednesday of Each Month
Contact: Chris Sadkowski: 617.984.0504

NAMI Cape Ann Family-to-Family Education Program
A new virtual session started on Saturday, September 12, 2020
Visit for information on other sessions.
There is no cost to participate, but you need to preregister. Space is limited!

NAMI Family-to-Family (F2F) is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. The course typically meets once a week for 10-12 weeks.

F2F 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. 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 how to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively, taking care of yourself and managing your stress.

NAMI Basics Program
NAMI Basics is a six-session educational program that provides a nationally acclaimed curriculum, within a supportive context, for the parents and primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with emotional or behavioral concerns.

Arts and Minds
A program unique to NAMI Cape Ann, it encourages our artistic members to submit their works for inclusion in local shows and sales. We reproduce art work on greeting cards and tiles and market jewelry, knitted goods, and other hand crafted items. Artists receive 80% of the sale price.

Arts and Minds meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 1-3 p.m.
If you are interested, give us a call at 978-281-1557.

NAMI Cape Ann Social Club
Members age 18 and older who are active in recovery from living with mental health challenges meet for friendship, recreation and self-help activities on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 12:00pm-4:00pm. For more information, please leave a voicemail message for Yvonne, the Director, at 978-281-1557, or you can email her at Visit the Social Club tab on this website for more information.

NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV)
IOOV unmasks mental illness, using speaker stories to illustrate the individual realities of mental illness and helps change attitudes, preconceived notions and stereotypes regarding mental illness as listeners gain a better understanding of what it is like to live with mental illness and stay in recovery. NAMI Cape Ann offers In Our Own Voice at various times through the year.

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