NAMI Newton Wellesley was organized in 1980 by parents whose chlldren had mental illness. We are one of 21 local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI of Massachusetts. We provide services for Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley. and Weston.
The mission of NAMI Newton Wellesley is to improve the lives of people living with mental illnesses and of their families.
We seek to extend the education, support and advocacy programs of NAMI Massachusetts so that we can reach out to all peers and their families in Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley. and Weston.
Our message to people living with mental illness and their families is "YOU ARE NOT ALONE"
NAMI Newton Wellesley has three family caregiver support groups: Please see our calendar for details. These groups are facilitated by trained volunteer family members and are free of charge.
NAMI Connections is a confidential recovery support group for adults with mental illness regardless of their diagnosis. Every group is offered free of charge and meets weekly for 90 minutes. All groups are lead by trained individuals who are in recovery - people who understand the challenges they face. Please call for the time and place of these meetings.
Our free education seminars offering resources, insights, and information about research and the latest treatment methods meet the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December,July and August) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Newton Wellesley Hospital Bowles Center room 2 107 Washington Street, Newton MA.
In addition to the monthly education programs, NAMI Newton Wellesley provides Family to Family and NAMI Basics.
Family to Family
Family to Family is a free 12 week course offered to family caregivers and relatives of a mentally ill loved one. The program is taught by trained family members. Topics covered include:
- communication techniques
- coping skills and
Over 800 family members have benefited from the information and opportunities to bond with those that share similar circumstances.
NAMI Basics is an education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It is taught by trained teachers who are the parents or other caregivers of individuals who develop the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 23 years.
The course consists of six classes which may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks or twice per week for three consecutive weeks to accommodate the hectic schedule of the parents.
NAMI Walks for the Mind of America
The walk seeks to provide awareness of mental illness and to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. It also provides a means of funding the many programs of NAMI Mass and its affiliates.
Form a team, join an existing team. Walk for the minds of American. It’s exhilarating, it’s fun and it helps overcome stigma. Help support our programs.