It can make a big difference in our journey to know that there are others who understand our challenges, are willing to lend an ear and listen with compassion, and who can help share ideas from a place of lived experience. Support groups are organized in a variety of formats. Below are a few suggestions for finding a group near you that can meet your needs.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI provides support groups across the nation. www.nami.org is a starting point for you to find an affiliate in your town. Contact your local office or visit their website to learn if there are support groups for families/caregivers of children with mental health conditions. Also ask if there are groups for kids, adolescents, and/or young people entering their early adult years (youth in transition).
Oregon, Portland Metro Area
- Think It Over – support groups for parents of children with behavioral issues (in Portland and Gresham).
- NAMI Multnomah – “Beyond Basics” parent support and skills sharing group. Call 503-780-7077 for dates and location.
- Psychology Today has a searchable database with a variety of therapy and support groups by state. Oregon’s page is here: Oregon Support Groups