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NAMI Connection

NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program for adults living with mental illness, a group that is expanding in communities throughout the country. Connection groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope. It does this while offering a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness. Each group:

  • Meets weekly for 90 minutes
  • Is offered free of charge
  • Follows a flexible structure without an educational format
  • Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies

All groups are confidential; participants can share as much or as little personal information as they wish. Meetings will be guided by NAMI Connection’s Principles of Support.

Who can attend a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group?

Support groups are open to all adults with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis.   Participants should feel welcome to drop by and share feelings, difficulties, or successes. Everyone is a valued participant.

Is there a registration fee?

There is no program registration fee, and each meeting is also free of charge.

Why is NAMI Connection a helpful step in my recovery?

Research has shown that having someone to talk to is instrumental in the recovery process. Too often, mental illness is an isolating experience. Recovery is possible but often requires a connection with community — a community that offers support, encouragement, and insight. NAMI Connection is meant to be only one avenue to recovery for people with mental illness.   Support groups should add to and not replace the treatment plan determined by the individual and their mental health care provider.

Connection meets every week at separate locations:

6 to 7:30 PM
Rasmussen College
New Port Richey/West Pasco Campus

8661 Citizens Drive
Rooms 208 and 209
New Port Richey, FL  34654

*Entrance is on the south side of the building (side entrance facing the New Port Richey Government Center)

Every Thursday Evening
7 to 8:30 PM
Prevention Counseling Center
13743 U.S. 98 Bypass
Dade City, FL
Contact Shelley Westrater (352) 556-9849
Download a NAMI Pasco

Connection flyer for Thursdays in Dade City 

Every 2nd and 4th
of the month
11:30 AM to 1 PM

6913 Hills Drive
Club House
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Just off Massachusetts Avenue
in New Port Richey
Download a lunchtime Connection
flyer for New Port Richey


* Bus Route 14 stops at Hills Drive
and Massachusetts Avenue
For more information contact
Pasco County Public Transportation:
(727) 834-3322

Every 2nd and 4th Friday
of the month
2 PM to 3:30 PM
Atonement Lutheran Church
29617 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL.  33543
Download a flyer for Friday Connection
group in Wesley Chapel


Family Support GroupNAMIFSG

NAMI Family Support Group meetings are designed to give family members emotional support during difficult times. By meeting with other families who are experiencing similar situations, family members can gain insight and information that may help them cope in a more healthy way. Information about your loved ones illness is shared only when and if you feel comfortable in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

Family Support Groups meet at three separate community provider locations:

Atonement Lutheran Church Sanctuary
29617 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL.  33543
(727) 992-9653
1st & 3rd Tuesday
of Every Month

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Regional Medical Center,
Bayonet Point

Shoreline Cafe Meeting Room
14000 Fivay Road
Hudson, FL
(727) 819-2929
1st & 3rd Thursday
of Every Month

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Medical Center of Trinity
West Pasco Campus
Conference Room
5637 Marine Parkway
New Port Richey, FL
(727) 834-4000
2nd & 4th Monday
of Every Month

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Online Resourceswhat-mental-illness-did-howard-hughes-have1

Below are links to help family members become educated about their loved one’s mental illness and the issues surrounding getting them the treatment they need. Resources are added as they are identified so check back often. Find more resources here.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Tampa Bay
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
More Resources for Getting Help
Overview of Mental Illnesses/Brain Disordersmental-illness-not-contagious

United Way 2-1-1 Community Resource Directory

To find out which mental health services are covered by Medicare, visit Medicare Interactive.