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Alameda County 


Support Groups in Alameda County for the families of people who have a mental illness


The family support groups which are listed below provide those who attend with the opportunity to ask questions share their experiences and support each other as they struggle to help and cope with family member(s) with mental health issues. Most of the groups are intended for families of an adult with mental illness. There is no charge to attend and the information shared at meetings is kept confidential by all participants.


Note:  meeting dates, times, and places are subject to change; please call before attending.


Albany – Berkeley – Oakland

NAMI East Bay Family Support Group – 2nd Wednesday, 7pm. Albany United Methodist Church, 980 Stannage Ave. Entrance upstairs. Call 510-524-1250.

NAMI East Bay Support Group for Families of Children, Adolescents & Teens with mental illness

3rd Tuesday, 7pm., Albany United Methodist Church, 980 Stannage Ave, Albany. Call 510-524-1250.

Family & Caregiver Support Group – 3rd Tuesday, 6:30pm-8pm, Bay Area Community Services (BACS), 629 Oakland Ave, Oakland. For more information, contact: FERC main office (510) 746-1700 or email Josefine@mhaac.org

Berkeley Families Support Group – 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm. 2636 M.L. King Jr. Way, Berkeley.

Parents, spouses and partners. Call Marcela Sabin 510-981-7610.

African American Family Support Group – 4th Tuesday, 5:30pm-7:30pm

954 60th St. Suite 10, Oakland. Call the Mental Health Association office, 510-835-5010, for more info.

Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Mental Illness – 4th Thursday, 1pm-2:30pm. North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland. Call Roberta Tracy at 510-601-1074 or Monica Nowakowski’s email monicalcsw@comcast.net

Kaiser Family Education and Support Group - 6 week series. Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7pm. 3900 Broadway, Oakland. Call Cathy Farrell at 510-752-6714 to pre-register. Not a drop-in group; Individuals must be a Kaiser member to attend this group.

Family & Caregiver Support Group - 1st Wednesday, 6:00pm-7:30pm, FERC main office, 440 Grand Ave., Suite 210, Oakland; Families with loved ones of any age. Call 510-746-1700 or our Warm Line at 888-896-3372.

Family Members of Young Adults (under age 30) Who Experience Psychosis – 4th Tuesday, 6pm-7:30pm,Bay Area Community Services (BACS), 629 Oakland Ave, Oakland. For RSVP and questions call Stella Allison 510-590-0570

San Leandro

Family/Caregiver/Provider Support Group - Every Wednesday, 6pm-7pm, Fairmont Hospital, 15400 Foothill Blvd. Building C, Rm. 219, San Leandro. Call Maurice Fried 510-895-4369 for more info.



Fremont – Union City   

South Alameda County Family Support Group – 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 6:30pm, Holly Center, 31600 Alvarado Blvd., Union City. Support for the caregivers, we find hope with friends and family who understand. Call Patty Espeseth MFT, to let us know you’re coming, 510-535-5115 x 111.

Family & Caregiver Support Group - 1st Tuesday, 5pm-6:30pm, Bay Area Community Services (BACS), 40963 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont CA 94538. For more information, contact: FERC main office (510) 746-1700 or FERC Fremont Office (510) 790-1010

Livermore – Pleasanton

NAMI Tri-Valley Family Support Group – 2nd Monday, 7:15pm-9pm. Livermore Public Library Board Room

1188 S. Livermore Ave. and 4th Monday, 7:15pm-9 pm - Pathways to Wellness, Hacienda Plaza Professional Building, 5674 Stoneridge Dr. Ste. 114 Pleasanton. Call Marsha McInnis 925-980-5331 or email marsha@nami-trivalley.org  or NAMI website www.nami-trivalley.org

NAMI Tri-Valley Parent Resource and Support Group -3rd Tuesday, 7pm-9pm. Pathways to Wellness,

Hacienda Plaza Professional Building, 5674 Stoneridge Dr. Ste. 114 Pleasanton. Parents of minors call Marsha McInnis 925-980-5331 or email marsha@nami-trivalley.org  NAMI website www.nami-trivalley.org


Monolingual Support Groups

Spanish Family & Caregiver Support Group: 3rd Wednesday, 6:30pm- 8pm,  meets at FERC office, 525 Estudillo Ave, Suite J, San Leandro. For more information, please contact: Family Education & Resource Center (FERC) main office (510) 746-1700; FERC San Leandro Office (510) 895-8710; or the FERC Warm-line (888) 896-3372 or email facilitator at: Jennifer@mhaac.org

Chinese-Language Family Support Groups - Family Support for Healthy Minds–Mandarin & Cantonese speaking families meet the 1st Saturday each month from 10am-12pm at the Chinese Christian Herald Crusades Building 523-8th St. Oakland.  Call 510-489-3460 for more info.

The following NAMI support groups are being held at 39500 Fremont Blvd, Suite 300, Fremont CA 94538. For more information contact NAMI ACS or  www.namichinese.org.

  • Family Support Group in Cantonese, 2nd Saturday of every month, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Family Support Group in Mandarin, 3rd  Saturday of every month, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Mandarin Educational Workshops on 3rd Saturday of odd numbered month 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • NAMI Connection-API (Asian Pacific  Islanders) Peer Recovery Support Group in English; 2nd Saturday of every month, 11:00am - 12:30pm
  • AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs) Recovery Support Group in Mandarin. 2nd Saturday of every month, 10:00am - 11:00am


Support Group intended for families who have or previously had a relative in a named facility

Villa Fairmont Support Group - Every Wednesday at 6pm. Villa Fairmont Conference room

15200 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Call Maisie Ketron or Ann Elliott at 510-352-9690.

Support Groups in Alameda County for Consumers (those who have a mental health diagnosis)

Berkeley Bipolar Support Group - Every Thursday, 7pm-9pm & Saturday, 11am-1pm, at Herrick Hospital, Level A,

2001 Dwight Way. Family members and persons with Bipolar Disorder. Call Janna Wertz 510-653-2959

The Depression and Sadness Support Group - The Life Reaching Across to Life Organization

Every Monday, 7:30pm-9pm, 3833 Peralta Blvd. Suite D, Fremont. Call J. “Scotty” Scott  510-745-9500 or

Rev. Barbara Meyers 510-796-5722.

DBSA Pleasanton - Every Wednesday, 7:15-8:45pm, St. Clare's Episcopal Church, Classroom #1, 3350 Hopyard Rd.,  email dbsa.pleasanton@comcast.net or call Mark 510-227-0618.


All groups are for adults only, please (unless otherwise specified)


This listing of support groups was developed by NAMI Alameda County and is now published by the Family Education and Resource Center (FERC), a program of the Mental Health Association of Alameda County (MHAAC).


NAMI is an organization of relatives, parents, spouses, siblings and children of people who have a serious mental illness.  There are four NAMI Chapters in Alameda County; each Chapter provides information, education and mutual support to families in Alameda County.


For more information contact the NAMI Chapter in your area listed below:

NAMI Alameda County: peggy.rahmannamiac@gmail.com, 510-824-1564; www.nami-alamedacounty.org

NAMI Alameda County South: joerose@namiacs.org, 510-378-1578; www.namiacs.org

NAMI East Bay: namieastbay@earthlink.net, 510-524-1250;  www.nami.org/sites/NAMIEastBay

NAMI Tri-Valley: marsha@nami-trivalley.org, 925-980-5331; www.nami-trivalley.org

Revised 2/2017

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