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Online Classes are starting soon! 

Family-to-Family Education Course:   

An 8-week course to help families arrive at a better understanding of the severe mental illnesses their relatives face.  The illnesses, treatments, medications, problems to expect are covered in depth, as well as coping strategies for family members.  Instructors are trained family volunteers. The class meets once a week for 2.5 hours.

Peer-to-Peer Education CourseSTARTING WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 24th!

An 8-week course on the topic of recovery for any person with serious mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness.  The classes are taught by a team of two trained mentors who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness. Each class is two hours long.

Please contact Yulanda Blackston, Family & Consumer Program Manager @ 410-772-9300 or Email: to register!

NAMI Basics Education Course:

A 6-week course specifically designed for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents who are living with mental illness.  The course follows a structured format and includes practical insights on issues frequently faced by families dealing with mental illness.  It is not necessary that the child has received a specific diagnosis. NAMI Basics is available for you to access any time that you choose. You will use this email to return to the course. Click this link to return to the course and pick up where you left off.  Link:  NAMI Basics

If you are having a mental health emergency: 

  •  Call 911 

  •  Call the Grassroots Mobile Crisis Team at 410-531-6677

  •  Call 800-950-6264, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Text the Crisis Text Line, a 24/7, confidential   text message service (Text “NAMI” to 741741) 

  •  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Online Support Groups 


NAMI Parent Support Group (PSG) for parents/caregivers of school-aged kids

Monday, July 13th from 7:30-9pm

(Second Monday of the Month)

Register here

NAMI Connection Support Group for adults living with mental illness

Monday,  July 13th and July 27th from 6:30-8pm

(Second & Fourth Mondays of the Month)

Register here

NAMI Parent Support Group -Transition Age Youth for parents/caregivers of Transition

Age Youth (TAY)

Thursday, July 16th from 7:30-9pm

(Third Thursday of the Month)

Register here

NAMI Family Support Group for family members of individuals

w/ mental illness

Friday, July 17th from 7:30-9pm

(Third Friday of the Month)

Register here

Please see the various groups we have available. You can click “Register here” for the support group of your choice to get taken to Eventbrite to sign up for the group. Upon registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom link to attend the meeting on the day of the group. In addition, you will see links at the bottom of the graphic below for: 1) Online Support Group Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about how these support groups will work online; and 2) a link to Zoom Instructions to familiarize yourself with the program being used.  We ask that you join the meeting from a private space for confidentiality purposes. We also ask that you log in a few minutes before the start time to test your technology.


NAMI Howard County Support Groups are for individuals 18 years or older.  The information and insight provided by group leaders and participants do not represent therapeutic recommendations and are not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by a mental health provider or other qualified healthcare professional.


Due to the Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency declaration and the closing of Howard County Public Schools, NAMI Howard County will suspend our in-person programs beginning March 16th until further notice.  The NAMI Howard County office is closed to the public with staff mostly working remotely.

If you need to reach us, you can call the office at: 410-772-9300 and leave a message or email the general email address at:  info.namihc@gmail.comPlease understand that under the circumstances, we may not be able to address your concerns as timely as we’d like.

Thank you for your patience and please stay safe out there.


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In The News: NAMI Howard County, MD

June 3, 2020

From 5/29/2020

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health:

“The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to mental health care in communities of color cannot be ignored. The inequality and lack of cultural competency in mental health treatment cannot be ignored.

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