Local NAMI group goes digital with support and education programs
After two months of being unable to hold live support group meetings because of the COVID-19 distancing policies, NAMI Piscataquis County will reconvene via Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.
In order to attend a meeting, a prospective participant must have an invitation with a link. To receive an invitation to a meeting, request attendance from the group facilitator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate your name, phone number and email address. For further information, call 207-924-7903.
Because NAMI groups are confidential, when an invitation containing a link is issued, it is intended for the recipient only. Respecting the right to privacy is crucial to support group participants. The aim is to create a quality online experience with safety in a nonjudgmental space fostering belonging. NAMI groups, whether live face-to-face or digital, aim to provide a place for people experiencing mental health challenges and their families the opportunity to be heard and have the chance to learn from and support others.
NAMI education programs will be held via Zoom as well. These typically will be scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month but may be changed according to the availability of a speaker. Any interested community members can be invited to these informative talks about mental health disorders/challenges and their various treatments. These programs will be announced in the press and on the NAMI Piscataquis County portion of the NAMI Maine website namimaine.org.
Using Zoom as a platform for support groups and for education allows those who live in our large county and too far from Dover-Foxcroft to attend meetings and programs in their own homes. NAMI Piscataquis County educational programs and support groups are available statewide and elsewhere wherever internet connection is available. During the time of the pandemic, Zoom is a way to keep social connections and stay informed.
For more information about present and future NAMI Piscataquis County programs, call 207-924-7903.