NAMI Connection

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NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for adults living with mental health issues. Attendees learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding. For more information about NAMI Connection, contact Jay Yudof, Recovery Programs Coordinator, at (609) 642-6959, jyudof@hotmail.com.

 

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group 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

 

What People are Saying

“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.”

“… 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.”

 

Current groups in New Jersey:

(Please contact us for information about meetings forming in Somerville and Sewell, as well as plans for possible Veterans’ and LGBT Connection groups)

 

Atlantic County

2nd Mondays of each month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Absecon United Methodist Church
W. Church St. and Pitney Road, Absecon, NJ 08201
Contact person: Milo at (609) 568-0648
A NAMI Family Support Group takes place at the same time and facility as this meeting.

 

Burlington County

1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Virtua Memorial Hospital
175 Madison Ave, Mt Holly, NJ 08060
Contact person: Carolyn at (609) 477-5340

 

Camden County

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Donald Mays Self-Help Center
204 White Horse Pike, Barrington, NJ 08007

 

Cumberland County

3rd Monday of each month, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Chestnut Assembly of God,
2554 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, NJ 08361
Contact person at meeting location: Tony Cotto at (856) 691-1205, ext. 15
A NAMI Family Support Group takes place at the same time and facility as this meeting.

 

Essex County

2nd Monday of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Essex County Hospital Center
204 Grove Ave., Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Contact: (862) 202-9142
A NAMI Family Support Group takes place at the same time and facility as this meeting.

 

Gloucester County

Every Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
537 N. Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096
For info, call Barbara at (856) 686-5500, mahoneyb1@ihn.org

 

Mercer County

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
NAMI Mercer Office
Lawrence Commons, 3371 Brunswick Pike, Suite 124, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 799-8994
www.namimercer.org

 

Middlesex County

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 3:45 – 4:45 pm
Moving Forward Community Wellness Center
25 Elizabeth St., 2nd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 317-8920

 

Monmouth County

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 7:15 – 8:45 pm
Colts Neck Community Church
25 Merchants Way, Colts Neck, NJ 07722
A NAMI Family Support Group takes place at the same time and facility as these NAMI Connection meetings.

3rd Friday of each month, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
CARE Community Wellness Center, 80 Steiner Ave., Neptune City, NJ 07753

Phone (732) 4NAMI-4U
www.namigm.org

 

Morris County

3rd Sunday of each month, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
St. Clare’s Behavioral Health (Boonton Campus), Executive Dining Room
130 Powerville Road, Boonton, NJ 07005
Facilitators: (for information call)
– Rob Faulkner (781) 686-6225
– Melissa Kiritsis (201) 317-8174
– Matt Kavanagh (610) 905-5085

 

Ocean County

Speaker meeting, followed by peer and family support circles
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Ocean County Court Cafeteria (adjacent to Parking Garage, third level)
129 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753

 

Sussex County

2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Bridgeway Rehabilitative Services
93 Stickles Pond Rd., Newton, NJ 07860
Call (973) 214-0632 for further information or directions.

PTS Connection
For veterans, police, and first responders recovering from post-traumatic stress (PTS) as a result of their service
4th Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Bridgeway Rehabilitative Services
93 Stickles Pond Rd., Newton, NJ 07860
For info call (973) 865-0605 or (973) 729-6534

 

For information about peer support groups for South Asian and Chinese American adults living with mental health issues, visit SAMHAJ and CAMHOP, NAMI NJ’s ethnic outreach programs.