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Support Groups

These groups are free, confidential, and open to the public.  No registration is required.  Membership in NAMI Linn County is not required but is encouraged.  NAMI Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to enable you and others in the group to have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. The groups meet on a bi-weekly, weekly, or monthly basis. Please contact the facilitator listed with each entry below for more details, or call the NAMI Linn County resource line at 319-221-1184.

We are always looking for individuals interested in facilitating new support groups!  Please contact the NAMI Linn County resource line for more details.


NAMI Family Support Group is a weekly or monthly support group for family members, partners, and friends of individuals living with a mental illness.

WHEN: 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month
TIME: 6 to 7 pm
WHERE: First Lutheran Church – 1000 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA – 3rd Floor
CONTACT: NAMI Resource Line at 319-221-1184
1st Thursday of the month: Kurt Rogahn  at
3rd Thursday of the month: Brad Neff at


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.

WHEN: 3rd Thursday of each month
TIME: 6 to 7:30 pm
WHERE: First Lutheran Church – 1000 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA – 3rd Floor
CONTACT: John at


NAMI Principles of Support

We will see the individual first, not the illness.

We recognize mental illnesses are brain disorders.

We aim for better coping skills.

We find strength in sharing experiences.

We reject stigma in ourselves and others.

We won’t judge anyone’s pain as less than our own.

We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.

We embrace humor as healthy.

We accept we cannot resolve all problems.

We expect a better future in a realistic way.

We will never give up hope!

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