Discussion Groups

NAMI Connections

NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.

Meets Monday at 2:30 pm and Thursday at 2:00 pm


What You Will Gain from a NAMI Connections Support Group:

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.


The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

See the individual first, not the illness
Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
Aim for better coping skills
Find strength in sharing experiences
Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
Not judge anyone’s pain
Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
Embrace humor as healthy
Accept that we cannot solve every problem
Work for a better future in a realistic way.


Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties is also a local affiliate of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Our peer-led DBSA Support Group meets every Monday evening from 5-6 pm and Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. at 2525 Back Orrville Road in Wooster, Ohio. DBSA groups offer comfort and direction in a confidential and supportive setting. With a grassroots network of more than 1,000 DBSA support groups across the country, no one with a mood disorder needs to feel alone. When combined with treatment, a support group:

  • May help you stick with your treatment plan and avoid hospitalization.
  • Provides a place for mutual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery.
  • Helps you understand that a mood disorder does not define who you are.
  • Gives you the opportunity to benefit from the experiences of those who have “been there”.

For more information, contact NAMI Wayne Holmes at 330-264-1590 or email info@namiwayneholmes.org.


Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®)

The MOCA House program has WRAP-trained facilitators on staff. The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® is, as described in the resources Mary Ellen developed, a set format that includes a listing of Wellness Tools, a Daily Maintenance Plan, Triggers and a Triggers Action Plan, Early Warning Signs and an Early Warning Signs Action Plan, When Things are Breaking Down and an Action Plan, a specific Crisis Plan or Advance Directive, and a Post Crisis Plan.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan® and WRAP® are trademarked and cannot be used to describe any other plan or piece of work other than the plan described in the book Wellness Recovery Action Plan (M. Copeland, Peach Press, Dummerston, VT 2002) and other books authored and published by Mary Ellen.

WRAP Workshop Trainings are offered in April & October


Writing for Wellness

Join this fun-filled group as they critique various writings and books, create stories, prose and poems.

One of the ways to deal with any overwhelming emotion is to find a healthy outlet in which to express yourself, which makes a journaling or writing a helpful tool in managing your mental health. It can manage anxiety, Reduce stress and provides an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors; plus it is fun.

Meets second and third Thursday of each month from 5:30-7 pm.


Recovery Work Group

This group talks about our recovery journey, and focus on peer support, empowerment, advocacy, communication and listening skills.

Meets Wednesdays at 2:30 pm.


Skill Development

Participants learn who they are, what their goals are in regard to employment or volunteer work, and build confidence in themselves.


Schizophrenia & Schizoaffective Disorder Group

This is a peer based support group for people living with schizophrenia disorder.  We assist, encourage, and enable each other while helping ourselves.

Meets Wednesdays at 2:30 pm.