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Local Support Groups for Family Members

NAMI Thursday Night Support Group for Family Members

This NAMI local support group provides weekly opportunities for family members and friends to explore ideas and solutions to the problems they experience dealing with a mental illness in their families or friends. We receive support, guidance and encouragement from people with similar experiences.

      ** New Location **

The group meets every Thursday night at 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Avenue, in Santa Cruz – see map. Drop-ins are welcome, or call your local NAMI at (831) 427-8020 for more information.

NAMI Third Tuesday Mid-County Support Group for Family Members

The format for the Mid-County Support Group is similar to the Thursday Night Support Group. The Mid-County Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month, from 7pm to 9pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 6401 Freedom Blvd, close to highway 1 – see map. Everyone is welcome. For More information, call NAMI Santa Cruz County – (831) 427-8020.

NAMI Tuesday Night Bi-polar Support Group for Consumers and Family Members

A Christian-based support group for those coping with bipolar disorder or chronic depression, as well as families and friends of those coping with these mental illnesses. On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:15pm, in Room 21, 2nd floor of the worship center at Santa Cruz Bible Church, 440 Frederick St.Santa Cruz. Call 336-5740 for more information. All are welcome, of all beliefs.

Attention Deficit Disorder Support Group

This group is for anyone with ADHD or those who love someone with ADHD. Meeting times have changed for the summer. We will meet Mondays June 10, July 8 and August 12 at the Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos next to Mar Vista Elementary School. We provide information, resources, and support in a safe environment where everyone can feel understood. For more information contact Judy Brenis,, or call 831-818-9619.

NAMI Support for Parents of Children and Youth age 17 and younger

Sharing and supporting one another on a wide variety of issues from family and school to residential treatment and hospitalizations. Santa Cruz County NAMI Parents of Youth

Meets at the Old Sashmill in Santa Cruz – 303 Potrero, Bldg 42, Suite 103
  • 1st Friday at 12:30 PM
  • 4th Thursday at 11:30 AM
For more information, contact Emily at or (831) 476-1020

Parents with Hope

If you are a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, or friend of someone who is suffering from abuse of alcohol or other drugs, and/or mental health issues, Parents with Hope is for you. Parents with Hope is a place for you to share your experiences, find hope and strength, and find ways to become more functional and healthy. The group is registered with the national Al-Anon Family Groups and meets Sundays from 6:30 until 7:45 PM at the Inner Light Center, 5630 Soquel Drive, Soquel. For information: Rachel at 688.1792.

Local Support Groups for Consumers

NEW – NAMI Peer Connections Support Group

Meets Wednesdays at 1:00-2:30 pm at the Mental Health Client Action Network, 1051 Cayuga St, Santa Cruz. This group is facilitated by two NAMI-trained peer consumers and is a comfortable and structured setting to receive and give support.

Tuesday Night Bi-polar Support Group for Consumers and Family Members

See information in support groups for family members above. This support group is for both consumers and family members.

Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN) (831) 469-0462

MHCAN is a peer run, self-help, drop-in center located at 1051 Cayuga St, Santa Cruz

Attention Deficit Disorder Support Group

See information in support groups for family members above. This support group is for both consumers and family members.

Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)

Dual Recovery Anonymous offers 12-step groups for individuals with a mental disorder and concurrent substance abuse problem. Contact Ron Myers: (831) 419-0475

Mood Matters

Mood Matters is a weekly, drop-in, peer support discussion group for persons with depression or bipolar disorder. Family and friends are welcome. There are no dues or fees.

Meets — Mondays 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Mental Health Client Action Network
1051 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz, CA
For more information contact:
Steve Wiesinger 831-246-1893
Jesika 408-489-6377

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

Santa Cruz County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (800) 952-2335

Related Files

Maps for West Side and Mid-county Support Groups (PDF File)
17th avenue location (PDF File)

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