In our support groups, family members and friends can openly share with each other the challenges of living with someone who has a mental illness and find ways together to meet those challenges.
These informal support group meetings are always free of charge and are led by a NAMI trained and certified leader. All groups are confidential—you can share as much or as little personal information as you wish.
Click on the links at the bottom of this page to print a listing of NAMI Howard County support group meeting dates or directions.
SUPPORT GROUPS FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS OF ADULTS WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS
Lead by trained family members, this group for family members and friends who care about an adult with a mental illness meets at the following times:.
Second Tuesdays —
A group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 – 9 p.m. in the Parlor of Harmony Hall Retirement Center, 6336 Cedar Lane , Columbia 21044 The next meeting October 14, 2014.
Directions: From Route 29, take Route 32 West to Exit 17, Cedar Lane. Stay to the right and go up a hill. Turn left at the light at the top of the hill. (Hickory Ridge Shopping Centerwill be on the right.) Pass Lorien Nursing Home, which is in the same complex of buildings. Harmony Hall is the second building on the right.
Fourth Wednesdays -
A group will meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Howard County Room #2 of Building 1, APL Campus, Laurel 20723. The next meeting September 24, 2014.
Directions: From northbound Route 29, South toward Columbia Town Center. Take Exit 15 right to John Hopkins Road toward Gordon Road. Turn left onto John Hopkins Road. At turnabout take first exit(this is still John Hopkins Road) Building on right, go to main building.
Third Fridays -
A group will meet on the third Friday of each month, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the Music Room at Celebration Church, 6080 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 21045. The next meeting is September 19, 2014.
Directions: From Route 29, take Route 175 East. Turn left on Tamar Drive and Right on Foreland Garth. Turn right into the driveway PAST the church sign to the parking lot behind the church and enter through the double doors. Follow the signs once inside the church.
A SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN & TEENS WITH A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE
If you are the parent or caregiver of a child (under age 18) with mental health issues, you are not alone! Come talk with other parents, grandparents, and caregivers experiencing similar challenges. Share your struggles, as well as successes and resources. Membership in NAMI is not required and there is no cost to attend. However, we are not able to provide child care at this time.
Second Mondays —
This day-time group meets the second Monday of each month, noon – 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Room 204, Columbia MD 21045. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. The next meeting is October 13, 2014.
Last Wednesdays —
The group meets the last Wednesday of each month, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Room 252, Columbia, MD 21045 . The next meeting is September 24, 2014.
Third Thursdays - Transition Age Youth Support Group for parents of ages 16 - 26.
This group meets the third Thursday of each month, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Room 252, Columbia, MD 21045. The next meeting is September 18, 2014.
Directions: From Route 29 take exit 21A to Rt. 108 East. Stay in the right lane as you exit as you will make the first right on to Presbyterian Circle. Follow the road to the end, turn left and park behind the church. Enter at the glass doors in the back of the building. Turn left and go to the second floor via the elevator or stairs.
SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ANY MENTAL ILLNESS
NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program for people living with mental illness. The group provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The groups are lead by trained individuals who are in recovery themselves. They understand your daily challenges and can offer you encouragement and support. NAMI Connection is open to all adults with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. Everyone is welcome. The groups are confidential—you can share as much or as little personal information as you wish.
The NAMI Connection Support Group meets every Monday, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd. , Columbia, 21044.
There is no need to register—just come when you feel like you need someone to talk to.
Directions to Wilde Lake Interfaith Center -
From southbound Rt. 29:
Exit Rt. 29 at Route 175 West toward Columbia Town Center. Route 175 becomes Little Patuxent Parkway. Bear right onto Governor Warfield Pkwy. At the second light, bear to the right on to Twin Rivers Rd. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Trumpeter Road. Turn right into the parking lot. The Interfaith Centeris the one story building on the right of the parking lot. Enter at the center doors.
From northbound Rt. 29:
Exit Rt. 29 at the Broken Land Parkwayexit toward Columbia Town Center(the exit splits, stay in the left lane). Turn left at the second stop light on to Little Patuxent Parkway. Bear to the right at the first light onto Governor Warfield Pkwy. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Twin Rivers Road. At the next stop light turn left on to Trumpeter Road. Turn right into the parking lot. The Interfaith Centeris the one story building on the right of the parking lot. Enter at the center doors.
Directions to Chapelgate Presbyterian Church -
From Rt. 29 north to I70 west. Exit 83, Marriottsville Rd south. Turn left on to Marriottsville Rd. Chapelgate Presbyterian church is less than a half mile on the right. From Rt 40 West, turn right on Marriottsville Rd(.7 mile past Turf Valley). The entrance to the church is .3 of a mile on the left. Enter at the church at the front doors, turn left and take the elevator to the second floor. Walk straight down the hall ahead to room 212 on the left.
People have been gathering for our Sunday Suppers program since 1982. Sunday Suppers is a social gathering for adults living with mental illness. The event begins at 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at the Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way , Columbia, 21044. Meals are prepared by local churches and organizations. For transportation concerns please contact the office at (410) 772-9300. The next Sunday Supper is September 21, 2014.
Directions: From Route 29, take Route 175 West toward Columbia. Route 175 becomes Little Patuxent Parkway. Bear right onto Governor Warfield Pkwy. Just before the 2nd traffic light, bear right onto Twin Rivers Road. Follow Twin Rivers until it ends at Harper’s Farm Rd. Bear to the right on to Harper’s Farm Rdand follow it about ¼ mile to the second stop light at Beaverkill Rd. Turn right onto Beaverkill and then turn left at the last entrance to the large parking lot, Ruth Keeton Way. The Bain Centeris the second building on the right.
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