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NAMI Seattle Helpline

Please note: We respond to ALL Helpline messages within one week. If this is an immediate crisis please contact King County Crisis Connections at 866-427-4747.

NAMI Seattle operates a mental health referral and information Helpline to connect callers to the support and resources that they need. Call or text (425) 298-5315. We return all messages we receive within one week. You can also reach us by email at helpline@namiseattle.org.

For more details about our Helpline and to submit a Helpline contact form, please click here.

*PLEASE NOTE: The Helpline is not a crisis line and we are unable to assist with crisis intervention, although we can always refer you to a crisis hotline.*

Support Groups

Please note: All NAMI Seattle support groups currently meet online via Zoom unless otherwise noted in group description.

About NAMI support groups: NAMI support groups are are free, drop-in, and peer-led. Observers (including students) are not permitted to attend. Never been to a NAMI support group? No problem!  Our What To Expect guide walks you through some common questions and answers about attending your first support group.

Download our support group calendar as a PDF (updated March 2022)

Get involved: NAMI support groups are led by community volunteers – no expertise is necessary to take our facilitator training, just personal experience with mental health conditions (as an individual or family member) and a desire to provide support and connection to others. We are always looking for more support group volunteers. Contact Vince to learn more about how to get involved!

Other support groups: Scroll down past our support group list to find additional non-NAMI mental health support groups based in the Seattle area. Or click here for a list of online support groups offered by NAMI affiliates across the state.

NAMI Seattle Support Groups

Note: You must register separately for each meeting date you wish to attend, even for the same group. This is to protect the online safety and confidentiality of our support groups. We appreciate your understanding!

Bipolar Support Group

A peer-led group open to anyone age 18 or older living with bipolar diagnosis.
Day: Every Tuesday
Time: 2:00-3:30pm
Click here to register for this support group and details about how to join the meeting will be emailed to you.

Black, Indigenous and People of Color Support Group

Open to all BIPOC individuals looking for mental health support and connection. This group is a collaboration between NAMI Seattle and NAMI South King County.
Day: Every Tuesday
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Click here to register for this support group and details about how to join the meeting will be emailed to you.

Connection Support Group

Update (May 2022): In order to support our volunteer facilitators, this group is temporarily meeting on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays only.

Open to anyone living with a mental health condition (no formal diagnosis required).
Day: Every Tuesday
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Click here to register for this support group and details about how to join the meeting will be emailed to you.

ECT Support Group

Open to anyone who has experienced ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), or who is considering ECT for themselves. This support group was developed in partnership with Swedish Medical Center.
Day: 1st & 3rd Thursdays
Time: 5:30-7:00pm

Click here to register for a 1st Thursday meeting OR click here to register for a 3rd Thursday meeting.

Family Support Group

Open to anyone with a family member/ loved one living with a mental health condition.
Day: 1st & 3rd Saturdays
Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Click here to register for a 1st Saturday meeting OR click here to register for a 3rd Saturday meeting.

LGBTQ+ Support Group

Update for June 16 meeting: unfortunately due to facilitator unavailability the June 16 meeting has been canceled.

This group is open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer-identifying and gender-nonconforming folx who want to explore the intersections of sexuality, gender, and mental health in a safe and welcoming space.
Day: 1st & 3rd Thursdays
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Click here to register for a 1st Thursday meeting OR click here to register for a 3rd Thursday meeting.

Partners, Siblings & Friends Support Group

This support group is open to partners, siblings, and close friends of anyone living with a mental illness. We recognize that supporting and caring for people with mental illness who are of our same generation or peer group brings a different set of experiences than in a parent/child relationship, and this group is designed to allow participants to connect with others who share those experiences.
Day: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Click here to register for a 2nd Wednesday meeting OR click here to register for a 4th Wednesday meeting.

Email helpline@namiseattle.org  Helpline phone/text 425-298-5315

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Other Seattle-Based Support Groups:

These groups are not peer-led and/or not led by NAMI-trained facilitators.

Anxiety Support Group

Present for Peace currently hosts a weekly anxiety support group, as well as other groups for learning, practicing and strengthening a lifestyle of being present.
Anxiety Support Group: Every Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm
To join or learn more about Present for Peace’s other offerings, contact Cindy or visit presentforpeace.com

Appreciative Living Learning Circle

Social support group for adults age 21-40 with mental health conditions. This group has met since 2011 and is currently meeting via Zoom due to COVID. If you are interested in meeting weekly with others to share gratitude for what is good in our lives and to get to know others through activities and games, please join us! You can be added to our e-mail list if you are interested so you can find out more about the group activities.
Day: Every Friday
Time: 6:00pm 
To learn more, register to attend, or be added to the ALLC email list: Call Trez at (206) 930-2739. Leave a message and she will get back to you.

Bipolar Support Group

(This group previously met at Virginia Mason Medical Center.)
Day: Every Wednesday
Time: 7:15-8:30pm 
To attend via Skype: Join the Meetup group at meetup.com/namiseattlebp and send a message to the group’s facilitator. Facilitator will supply the call-in details for the next upcoming meeting.

DBSA Greater Seattle Support Group

Open to anyone experiencing depression and/or bipolar, as well as family and friends.
Day: 2nd & 4th Thursdays
Time: 7:00-9:00pm.
To join:
Email David or call (206) 748-1577

Family & Friends Support Group **in-person meetings**

Day: 1st Thursdays + additional Thursdays as determined by group
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Vashon Presbyterian Church, 17708 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon
To join: Contact Beverly at (206) 354-8921

Mindful Alternative Support Group

Open to parents of adult children with profound mental illness.
Day: Last Saturday of each month
Time: 2:00-3:30pm
To join: Visit mindfulalternative.org

Self-Help Group **in-person meetings**

Open to people living with mental health conditions and family members/caregivers. This group is led by a NAMI-trained facilitator and previously met on Wednesday mornings at the NAMI Seattle office.
Day: Every Thursday starting April 21, 2022
Time: 10:30am-noon
Location: Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 19540 104th Ave NE, Bothell. Masks strongly recommended.
Contact: NAMI Seattle, helpline@namiseattle.org or (425) 298-5315

Senior Parents of Adult Children with Mental Illness

Open to senior parents whose children live with mental illness.
Day: 2nd Tuesdays
Time: 10:30am-noon
To join: Contact lisab@phinneycenter.org or (425) 416-0641