NAMI-WRV will host it’s support groups on Zoom until further notice

Effective immediately, NAMI-WRV will host it’s support groups on Zoom until further notice.

Dear Mental Health Advocate, 

As an organization that provides support for individuals experiencing mental distress, we understand that times such as these can be challenging, particularly when it comes to the development of feelings of anxiety or social isolation. NAMI-Wood River Valley (NAMI-WRV) has adopted and now offers three evening weekly support groups on Zoom for PEERS on Monday & Friday, FAMILY SUPPORT in English on Wednesday, and FAMILY SUPPORT IN SPANISH on Thursday nights. NAMI’s support groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need.  NAMI-WRV support groups are always offered free of charge, and ALL are welcome

You can read our statement on the difference between social distancing, and social isolation here.  Please also take the time to read this article the Mt. Express asked us to write regarding how to take care of yourself during these uncertain times.  We share the same thoughts on grounding techniques that we incorporate in our personal mental health practices, and also in our support groups. 

Now is the time to lean in, support one another, and certainly ask for help if we need it. Reach out, trust us, you’re not alone!

Thank you,

NAMI-WRV Staff, Board, and Advisors

For more information regarding our support network, please contact us at (208) 481-0686 or We are available 7-days a week from 9am-9pm, to support you, and your family, during this time of need, one-on-one.  Links and updates to the support groups can be found online at and on our Facebook page

Students and parents that participate in the Bluebirds teen support group, within the Blaine County School District, can contact Brittany Shipley, the programs coordinator at, or 208-720-4004. 

Weekly Family Support Group

NAMI-WRV’s Family Support Groups are led by trained family members of individuals living with mental health challenges. They understand your daily challenges and can offer you encouragement and support. All groups are confidential – you can share as much or as little as you wish.

FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Meeting ID: 898-0761-1667
Meeting Password: fsg
To call in:
+1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 898-0761-1667
Meeting Password: fsg


Meeting ID: 879 918 928, Meeting Password: 392609

To call in:

+1 346 248 7799

Meeting ID: 879 918 928, Meeting Password: 392609

Weekly Connection Recovery Support Group 

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a peer-led support group for adults living with a mental health challenge. It is a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with our mental wellness. This group is confidential, and there is no need to register–just come when you feel like you need someone to talk to. The groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who have been there. Any adult diagnosed with a mental illness, regardless of the diagnosis, is welcome to attend.

EVERY MONDAY AT 5:30 pm & FRIDAY at 8pm

Meeting ID: 917995809

Password: 672832


What will I gain by attending a NAMI support group?

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope, practical skills, and develop new relationships. The group encourages empathy and acceptance, productive and practical discussions, and a sense of community.


  • We see the individual first, not the illness
  • We recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • We understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • We aim for better coping skills
  • We find strength in sharing experiences
  • We reject stigma and do not tolerate discrimination
  • We do not judge anyone’s pain
  • We forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • We embrace humor as healthy
  • We accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • We work for a better future in a realistic way


NAMI Connection has enabled me to take a good look at my illness and see that I am not alone. The program has given me additional tools to not only accept my illness, but to help others along the way.”

“People can solve problems [at a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group]. It isn’t just a bunch of sad stories; people are coming up with solutions and stuff to do for the next week. One of our group attendees is taking her meds and getting herself to her counselor and is just about able to go back to her career in great part due to Connection.”