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NAMI Fort Wayne is the local affiliate of NAMI--the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

NAMI works to inspire a move away from illness, stigma, and ignorance, toward brighter days filled with hope, health, and recovery. NAMI Fort Wayne offers free support groups for individuals with mental health conditions and their families, public education, and advocacy for public policy change.

If you are are in crisis and need immediate help, call 9-1-1, explain that it is a mental health call and ask for a CIT (Crisis Intervention) responder.

  • Education Night events 2022--Held on the fourth Tuesday of each month in person. Registration is not required.

  • To support NAMI Fort Wayne's continuing efforts to assist those affected by mental illness, we would be pleased to accept donations "in memory of" or "in honor of". See Donation Form below

Support Groups

SUPPORT SCHEDULE--How to sign up for Free NAMI Support

  • Family Support Group - Free support program for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. For adults over the age of 18. We meet on Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The group meets on the first, second, third, and fifth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

  • Peer Connection Support - Free support program for adults with mental illness to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Currently meeting on Zoom and in person: Contact the office for days and times. (Registration is required for online support meetings)

If you want to join an online support group, please call the NAMI Fort Wayne office at 260-447-8990 or send an email to Please leave your name, email address, and the name of the support group you want to attend. We will send you a registration form that must be submitted before each weekly meeting. NAMI Fort Wayne will send the link to join the meeting approximately one hour before the meeting begins.