Spouse Support Group

(3rd Tuesday)

Following the leadership of NAMI Indiana and considering recommendations from Gov. Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health, NAMI Fort Wayne is suspending all in-person support and education meetings until April 14. We are sensitive to the fact that this decision may cause hardship for people in critical need of support. You can call the NAMI Fort Wayne office at 260-447-8990 or send an e-mail to office@namifortwayne.org if you need to speak with a support facilitator. NAMI Fort Wayne will be posting updated information on FaceBook and Twitter regularly.

Please check CALENDAR for changes or cancellations on the Tuesday you come.

Spouse Support Group is a NAMI Family Support Group that focusing on the needs unique to spouses and significant others.

When: Spouse Support Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month @ 7pm

Where: Carriage House (Upper Porch) - 3327 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne, IN 46805 (map)

Contact: Jodi Coburn jodi.c@namifortwayne.org

Spouse Support Group is a peer-led support group for spouse living with mental illness. Group meets on a monthly basis. A branch from our NAMI Family Support group that is unique to NAMI Fort Wayne. While Spouse Support Group it is not an official NAMI support group in name, it follows the principals of support from the NAMI Family Support model. 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’ll Gain

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. The groups meet on a weekly basis. 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.

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