NAMI Westside Los Angeles offers support groups for peers living with mental health conditions. (NOTE: During the COVID-19 public health crisis, we are having virtual support groups online, using the video-conference service Zoom; see below for more). Our support groups are free and no registration is required for you to attend. If you have a mental health condition, you are not alone. One in 5 American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. Our peer groups provide an opportunity for people coping with brain illnesses to share their stories, learn from one another, and give and receive support to others facing similar challenges, in a safe and confidential setting. Attendees in our support groups report back they they have learned new coping skills and tools from others who have the lived experience of recovery.

COVID-19 Update: NAMI Westside Los Angeles is Offering Virtual Support Groups Online

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 video-conferencing service Zoom.

Tuesday Peer Support Group (formerly held at Cedars-Sinai)

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

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Wednesday Peer Support Group (formerly held at Didi Hirsch)

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

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Thursday Peer Support Group

4 to 5:30 pm using the online video-conferencing service Zoom

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NEW Saturday Peer Support Group

4:30 to 6 pm 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