COVID-19 Update: NAMI Westside Los Angeles Virtual Support Groups Offered

Our NAMI Westside Los Angeles community means everything to us, and we hope you are safe and healthy. Because we are not permitted to have in-person support groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering virtual support groups online using Zoom. You can join by phone or computer/tablet/phone using the Zoom app; instructions are below.

Monday Family Group Support Group (formerly held at Didi Hirsch)

6:30 pm to 8 pm using the online video-conferencing service Zoom

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Thursday Family Support Group

6:30 pm to 8 pm using the online video-conferencing service Zoom

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Saturday Family Group Support Group (formerly held at Brentwood Branch Library)

10 am to 11 am using the online video-conferencing service Zoom

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Using Zoom for the Virtual Support Groups

How to use Zoom?

Instructions on using Zoom

Before the group:

  • Start by downloading Zoom
  • Click the “Download” button to add the Zoom app to your computer/tablet/phone
    • If you are using your phone, there is a Zoom app on the app store that you can download. You can join meeting by inputting the meeting ID
  • When signing in, please use your real first name (not a screen name), so that the NAMI WLA group leader can accept you into the group; the group leader will be accepting requests as people join the meeting.  (We are doing this to ensure the class remains a safe and secure setting for all!)

At the Time of the Meeting:

  • Click the hyperlink to open the meeting or input the meeting number
  • Join the Zoom Meeting
  • Be sure to Select Video and Audio inputs
  • When others are speaking, please “Mute” yourself to eliminate background noise
  • Hold down the Space bar on your keyboard to talk or “Unmute” yourself

About Our Family Support Groups

NAMI Westside Los Angeles offers support groups for families impacted by mental illness. Our support groups are free and no registration is required for you to attend.

When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it’s important to know that you are not alone. In our family support groups, loved ones of those living with mental illness have the opportunity to share their stories, learn from one another, and give and receive support to others facing similar challenges, in a safe and confidential setting. The groups are peer-led by family members of individuals living with mental illness. Attendees in our support groups report back they they have found comfort and guidance, and have learned new coping skills.