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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.

Faith-based Support Group - *New Name*  “Hope for  Hurting Families & Friends”     *New Time & Location* - Second  & fourth Tuesday, 7-9 pm at Crosswinds Church, 6444 Sierra Ct., Rm.104,  Dublin. A group for anyone with a loved one affected by mental health issues.  For more info, call Pat Ackerman at 925-846-4894 or trishack@comcast.net

Family/Caregiver Support Group – Monday & Thursday, 5:00-7:30 pm, John George Psychiatric Pavilion, 2060 Fairmont Dr., San Leandro, Court House Room. Call Beverly Bergman at 510-835-0188 for more info or email  beverly@mhaac.org

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-5:50pm, 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 Roberta Tracy 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 Cathy Farrell at  510-752-6714 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 South Alameda County Family Support  Group – Second & Fourth Tuesday, NEW TIME - 6:30 pm, 31600  Alvarado Blvd., Union City, at the Holly Center. Support for the caregivers–we  find hope with friends and family who understand. Call Patty Espeseth, MFT, to  let us know you’re coming, 510-535-5115 x 111.

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 Suzi Glorioso at 925-443-1797 or email glorios4@comcast.net for more info.

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. Call Maisie Ketron/Ann Elliott at 510-352-9690 for more info.

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 or Mayona Endahl at 510-420-0868.

DBSA Castro Valley - Every Friday, 7:15-8:45 pm, Baywood Court Retirement Community – Gymnasium, 3rd  Floor. 21966 Dolores St. For more information email dbsa.castrovalley@comcast.net,  website www.dbsalliance.org/castrovalley or call Al Pereira, chapter facilitator, at 925-462-6415.

DBSA Pleasanton – Every Wednesday, 7:15-8:45 pm,  St. Clare's Episcopal Church, Classroom 1, 3350 Hopyard Rd.   For  more   info email dbsa.pleasanton@comcast.net, website www.dbsalliance.org/pleasanton or call Al Pereira, chapter facilitator, at 925-462-6415.

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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