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NAMI 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 loved ones who are struggeling with mental health difficulties. Information shared at meetings is kept confidential by all participants. All family support group leaders are professional facilitators or have been trained by NAMI to facilitate. There is no charge to attend.

 *Facilitators are loved ones and/or caretakers of people who experience Mental Health challenges.

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

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


*Alameda County African American Family Support Group - 4th, Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 pm

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


*NAMI Alameda County Union City.

- 2nd & 4th Tuesday,

6:30 pm. Holly Center 31600 Alvarado Blvd., Union City. We providing support for caregivers, finding hope with friends and family who understand. Call Patty Espeseth MFT, to let us know you’re coming, 510-535-5115 x 111.


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


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

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


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

Hacienda Plaza Professional Building, 5674 Stoneridge Dr. Ste. 114 Pleasanton. Parents of minors call Marsha McInnis 925-980-5331 email NAMI website


*Family & Caregiver Support Group - 1st Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm, FERC main office, 7200 Bancroft Ave.,

Ste. 269, Oakland at east side of Eastmont Town Center. Families with loved ones of any age. Call 510-746-1700 or or our Warm Line at 888-896-3372.


*Family & Caregiver Support Group - 1st  Tuesday of the month from 5:00 – 6:30PM. at 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


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

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


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


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

 *Transitional Age Youth – 16 to 24 – TAY 4th Friday of the month, 4-6 PM 39155 Liberty St, Fremont, Enterprise Rm. C320 for family members and consumers who are in the age range. Contact Rashad Eady 510-435-7239 or


Non-English Support Groups


*Chinese-Language Family Support Groups - Family Support for Healthy Minds–Mandarin & Cantonese speaking families meet one Saturday each month from 10 am-12 pm. Chinese Christian Herald Crusades Building 523-8th St. Oakland. Call 510-522-0924 for more info.


*Spanish Family & Caregiver Support Group: Third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.  Meets at Bay Area Community Services (BACS) – Hedco House: 590 B Street. For more information, please contact: Family Education & Resource Center (FERC) main office (510) 746-1700; FERC Hayward Office (510) 264-1004; FERC Warm-line (888) 896-3372 or Email facilitator at:


*Spanish-Language Family Support Group - 4th Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00PM. FERC Main Office

7200 Bancroft Ave. Suite 269, Oakland 94605.  Call 510-264-1004 or 510-746-1705. Park in Eastmont Town Center in the McDonald's area parking lot.  Entrance 'E' to the right of the Oakland Police Dept. substation. 


Support Groups intended for families who have

or previously had a relative in the named facility


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

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


New Time! Family/Caregiver Support Group - 1st & 3rd Thursday, 6-7 pm, John George Psychiatric Hospital, 2060 Fairmont Dr., San Leandro, Court House Room. Call Beverly Bergman at 510-835-0188 or email


Support Groups in Alameda County

for people who have a mental health diagnosis


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

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

NAMI Alameda County Connections Support Group - 2nd and 4th Tuesday, Holly Community Center, Union City  

31600 Alvarado Blvd. . 

NAMI Alameda County Connections Support Group - 


DBSA Castro Valley - Every Friday, 7:15-8:45 pm. Baywood Court Retirement Community, Gymnasium, 3rd Floor. 21966 Dolores Street. Email or call Marsha 510-537-9544.


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


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

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

Rev. Barbara Meyers 510-796-5722.


Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Group for Transitional Age Youth (TAY) – 1st & 3rd Fridays, 3-5 PM. 39155 Liberty St, Fremont, Enterprise Rm. (C320) WRAP focuses on wellness and recovery under the control of the individual. Contact Rashad Eady 510-435-7239 or


This listing of support groups is published by NAMI Alameda County - An organization of relatives, parents, spouses, siblings and children of people who have a serious mental illness. NAMI Alameda County provides information, education and mutual support to families in Alameda County.

NAMI Alameda County holds educational meetings on the 2nd Thursday, monthly- NEW TIME & LOCATION! 7:00 p.m. Eden United Church of Christ, Jensen Room 21455 Birch St., Hayward. For directions see website NAMI Alameda County also publishes the monthly Families Advocate newsletter.


Revised 2/15