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Support Groups in Alameda County for the families of persons with Mental Illness


The family support groups which are listed below provide those who attend with the opportunity to ask  questions, share their experiences, and to support each other as they struggle  to help and to cope with a family member with a mental illness.  Most of the groups are intended for families of an adult with mental illness. There is no charge  to attend and information shared at meetings is kept confidential by  participants.

Note:  meeting dates, times, and places are subject to change; please call before attending.

Berkeley Bipolar Support Group - Every Thursday, 7-9 pm & Saturday 11-1 pm, Herrick Hospital, Level A, 2001 Dwight Way. Open to both families and to persons being treated for Bipolar Disorder. For more info call Janna Wertz at 510-653-2959.

Berkeley Families Support Group - First & third Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 pm at North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. (parking in the back). For parents, spouses and partners. For more information call Franziska Gehrmann, Family Services Specialist, Berkeley Mental Health, Housing & Community Services Dept. @ Ph: 510-981-5302 or email: fgehrmann@cityofberkeley.info               

Chinese-Language Family Support Groups – Family  Support for Healthy Minds–Mandarin & Cantonese speaking families meet one  Saturday each month from 10 am-noon. Meetings are held at 523-8th St. in  Oakland.  Call 510-522-0924 for more  info.

Family  & Caregiver Support Group – 1st Wednesday, 6pm-7:30pm, FERC main office, 440 Grand Ave., Suite 360, Oakland; Families with loved ones of any age. Call 510-746-1700 or our Warm Line at 888-896-3372.

Family/Caregiver/Provider  Support Group – Every Wednesday, 5pm-6:00pm, Fairmont Hospital, 15400 Foothill Blvd., Building C,  Rm. 219, San Leandro. Call Dr. Maurice W. Fried, Ph.D. at 510-895-4369 for more info.

Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Mental Illness – Fourth Thursday of the month, 1-2:30 pm, North Oakland Senior Center. Call Staff at 510-601-1074 for more info or Monica Nowakowski at monicalcsw@comcast.net

Kaiser Family Education and Support Group – 6 week series; Wednesdays, 5:30-7 pm, 3900 Broadway, Oakland. Call Andrea Glower at  510-752-8305 to pre-register. Not a drop-in group. Individual  must be a Kaiser member to attend this group.              

NAMI Alameda County African American Family Support  Group - Fourth Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 pm; 954 60th St., Suite 10, Oakland. Call  the MHA office, 510-835-5010, for more info.

NAMI Alameda County Family Support Groups and Connections Peer Support Groups – NEW MEETING LOCATION - Hedco House, 590 B Street @ Grand Street, Hayward, CA. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays @ 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  For more information call Bev (510) 334-7721.

NAMI East Bay Family Support Group - Second  Wednesday, 7 pm., at the Albany United Methodist Church, 980 Stannage Ave. at  Marin Ave. in Albany, enter Stannage Ave. door & come upstairs; call 510-524-1250 for more info.

NAMI East Bay Support Group for Families of Children, Adolescents & Teens with mental illness, third Tuesday, 7 pm., at the  Albany United Methodist Church; call 510-524-1250 for more info.

NAMI Tri-Valley Family Support Groups – Second Monday, 7:15-9 pm, Livermore Public  Library at 1188 S. Livermore Ave. (in the Library Board Room). Fourth Monday, 7:15-9 pm, Pathways To Wellness,  5674 Stoneridge Dr., Ste. 114, Pleasanton. For more info, call Marsha  McInnis at 925-980-5331 or email marsha@nami-trivalley.org Also see our website www.nami-trivalley.org

NAMI Tri-Valley Parent Resource and Support Group – First & third  Tuesday, 7-9 pm, Pathways To Wellness, 5674 Stoneridge Dr., Ste. 114, Pleasanton. For parents of minors. Call Marsha McGuiness at 925-443-1797.

Support Groups  intended for families who currently have or have previously had  a relative in the named facility

Villa Fairmont Support Group - Every Wednesday at 6 pm; 15200 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro; meets in the conference room. For more info call 510-352-9690.

Support Groups in Alameda County for people who have a  mental illness

Berkeley Bipolar Support Group - Every Thursday, 7-9 pm & Saturday 11-1 pm, Herrick Hospital, Level A, 2001 Dwight Way. Open to both families and to persons being treated for Bipolar Disorder. For more info call Janna Wertz at 510-653-2959.

The Depression and Sadness Support Group – A  program of the Life Reaching Across to Life Organization – Every Monday, 7:30-9 pm, 3833 Peralta Blvd., Suite D, Fremont. For more info call J. “Scotty” Scott  at 510-745-9500 or Rev. Barbara Meyers at 510-796-5722.


This listing of  support groups is published by NAMI Alameda County which is an organization  of relatives – parents, spouses, siblings and children – of people who have a  serious mental illness. NAMI Alameda County provides information, education and  mutual support to families in Alameda County. It holds educational meetings on  the second Thursday of each month beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Eden Medical Center  in Castro Valley. NAMI Alameda County also publishes the monthly Families  Advocate newsletter. NAMI Alameda County is a program of the Mental Health  Association of Alameda County.

All groups are for adults only, please (unless otherwise specified)    




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