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Spouse Support Group (3rd Tuesday)

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When: Every 3rd Tuesday each month,
7pm – 9pm
Carriage House - 3327 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne, IN 46805 (map)

Description: Spouse Support Group  is a peer-led support group for couples living with mental illness. Group meets on a monthly basis. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants. They 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. The groups meet on a monthly basis.

What You’ll Gain

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.

What You Should Expect

  • Designed for couples with one or more living with a mental illness.
  • Facilitated by a trained team of family members of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Confidential -- share as much or as little personal information as you want. 
  • Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies for your family member.


Why You Should Attend

Reinforcement in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance

At each meeting, you review the Group Guidelines and Principles of Support and update the group on the current events in your life, then spend the bulk of the meeting in group discussion, or ‘group work’. The group addresses urgent issues of its members and participants share their learned experience, or ‘group wisdom’. As a participant, your voice is heard, and you can contribute to a dynamic that encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way

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