Family Support Group

NAMI Jefferson County affiliate holds free drop-in support group meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 7 PM to 9 PM. The meetings are for individuals living with mental illness, family and caretakers. At 7 PM we have conversation, coffee, tea, snacks and a chance to look over our circulating library. At 7:15 PM we begin the support part of the meeting.

The meetings are held at Discovery Behavioral Healthcare (formerly Jefferson Mental Health Services), 884 N. Park Avenue in Port Townsend, WA.

Confidentiality and anonymity are respected, stressed and protected. For further information call 360.385.1716.

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Writing Workshop

Please note: there will be no workshop the night before Thanksgiving. Once a month on the fourth Wednesday we have a writing group at Discovery Behavioral Healthcare (formerly Jefferson Mental Health Services) in the same room where our support groups meet. The purpose of this workshop is help us start (or get back into) writing and to help each of us regain access to our natural creativity.

Bring something to read and you can choose to:
1) Share the writing without response from the rest of the group;
2) Ask the group to give you positive feedback only, i.e. what works well in the piece?
3) Ask the group to critique [NOT criticize!] the writing by giving positive feedback and suggestions for making the writing clearer and/or more effective; or
4) Ask the group members what part of your writing touched or moved them the most.

It will be helpful if you can bring 3 or 4 copies of your writing so that everyone can follow along as you read. (All copies will be returned to you as soon as the group is through critiquing the piece.) If this is a problem for you, don’t worry about it. (The purpose of this group is NOT to promote anxiety but to have fun!)

We will have two short writing exercises taken from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way for you to do.

This workshop is for individuals living with mental illness and family members. Confidentiality regarding any topic discussed is emphasized, just as it is in the support groups.

Annual Summer Potluck Support Group Meeting

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 we will gather for our annual potluck Support Group at 5 PM (note the change in time) at HJ Carroll Park in the Rotary Pavilion. The support group will begin at 6 PM so that we can finish at 8 PM while it is still light.  Coffee, tea, paper plates, cups and napkins will be provided.

Bring a potluck dish to share and a drink of your choice.

Be sure to bring warm clothes and blankets and a folding chair for the meeting.

This is a chance to visit with members who do not always attend meetings.