If you or your loved one develops a mental health condition, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. One in five people will experience a mental illness this year, and one in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental health condition. Mental health professionals have effective treatments for these conditions, yet in any given year, 60 percent of people with a mental illness don’t get mental health care.

You do not need to face the challenges of mental illness alone. NAMI of PA Philadelphia County is here to offer support and resources that promote recovery and hope.

Support Groups Available:


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NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

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NAMI Family Support Group

- For family members/loved ones of someone living with a mental illness.
- Meets four times a month throughout the county.

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

Free of cost to participantsDesigned for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illnessLed by family members of individuals living with mental illnessMeets weekly or monthlyNo specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommendedConfidential

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard, and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You’ll benefit through other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and learn now to identify local resources and how to use them.

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Other Resources:

Family Resource Network

For family members, significant personsprofessionals, and others supporting someone with a behavioral health disorder. Our hope is that your journey through our site will broaden awareness of the variety of supportive and educational behavioral health information and resources available in Philadelphia, statewide, and nationally.

Healthy Minds Philly is an online tool and resource to support and improve the mental health and well-being of all Philadelphians. The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) has combined its behavioral health care and intellectual disability services into one complete system as part of its public health strategy and approach. Get a Check Up from The Neck Up!

If you, a family member, or someone you know identifies as LGBTQIA, resources are available: 


Call any time of the day or night, if you have been suffering from any of the following difficulties: depression, feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or others,feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or that no one cares about you, being under considerable stress, feeling very angry or suffering from some other emotional, mental or substance abuse crisis. A professional person is available24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk with you and to help you with your problems including obtaining necessary services promptly.

Suicide and Crisis Intervention Hotline (215) 686-4420 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Community Behavioral Health

CBH is the Philadelphia managed care organiztion providing behavioral health services to Philadelphia residents.  CBH connects you to Adult, Child and Adolescent mental health and substance abuse services. 24 hours a day/7 days a week


Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Phila. Mental Health Clinic

For Veterans of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey


The Consumer Satisfaction Team of Philadelphia


Assistance with concerns about Philadelphia public behavioral health agencies.

NAMI members do you have a family member who receives behavioral health services that are funded through Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health?  If so, the Consumer Satisfaction Team is interested in what you think about those services.

Mental Health Advanced Directive

A Mental Health Advanced Directive is a document that allows the consumer to make their choices known regarding mental health treatment in the event that their mental illness makes them unable to make decisions.  In effect, they are making decisions about treatment before the time that they will need it. This allows them to make more informed decisions and to make their wishes clearly  known.  A new law was passed in Pennsylvania, effective January 28, 2005, that makes it possible for the consumer to use a Mental Health Advance Directive. 

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Pennsylvania Health Law Project

PHLP provides free legal services to lower-income consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities who are having trouble accessing publicly funded healthcare coverage or services. If you are denied or terminated from enrollment in a publicly funded healthcare programs or if you have a service denied, reduced, or terminated, PHLP may provide you free direct representation on your appeal.

TOLL-FREE HELPLINE: 1-800-274-3258 TTY: 1-866-236-6310

Philadelphia OfficeLafayette Building, Suite 900437 Chestnut St.Phila. PA 19106


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