NEW! Remote Support Groups
In April 2020, NAMI Hillsborough and NAMI Pasco responded to the coronavirus by partnering to offer virtual Support Groups. We will continue those support groups in May 2020, and have added a support group on Mondays!
To ensure the anonymity of all participants and to remain consistent with the fidelity of the NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group, Calls and Teleconferences ARE NOT RECORDED.
Support Groups are limited to the first 15 participants.
The support groups are FREE and peer-led. Any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition can attend. Hope to see you soon!May 2020_Support Group Calendar
May 2020 Schedule
Monday at 3:00 pm EST
Wednesday at 6:00 pm EST
Saturday at 10:00 am EST
Zoom Meeting ID: 151-661-123 / Password: 505017
Dial-in number: 16465588656 Access code: 151 661 123 Password: 505017
What People Are Saying
“… People can solve problems [at a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group]. It isn’t just a bunch of sad stories; people are coming up with solutions and stuff to do for the next week. One of our group attendees is taking her meds and getting herself to her counselor and is just about able to go back to her career in great part due to Connection.”
“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.”
A Message from NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), notes the following in terms of risk assessment:
- The immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in a growing number of states.
- People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.
- Health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location. The CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to several countries. Before traveling, consult travel guidance from the CDC.
NAMI Hillsborough Offers These Tips For People With Mental Illness:
- For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the CDC has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.
- For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed.Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.
- Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.
- Provide self-care, especially if in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.
For more information, the CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary page provides updates as information becomes available.