The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Wood River Valley has increased the number of support groups for adults and families in the valley faced with mental-health challenges. According to the organization, NAMI support groups are based on a peer-support strategy, presenting tools, skills and opportunities for people to find the resources they need to live stable and productive lives.  

     NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The peer support groups are expanding for adults living with a mental-health challenge; the new programming will cater to both women as a group and men as a group.  The women’s meetings will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, and the men’s meeting will gather on the second and fourth Tuesday.  Both genders are invited to attend on the first and third Tuesday. All meetings are held at the Hailey Sun Club, 731 N. First Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m.   

     NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental-health condition, to gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences. The Family Support meeting, held on the first Wednesday of each month, is at the Sun Club South in Hailey. A second Family Support Group is being added in Ketchum, on the third Wednesday of each month, starting Aug. 21.  This meeting will be offered at the YMCA, 101 Saddle Road, in Ketchum.

     Both groups meet from 6-7:30 p.m.

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