Support Groups
If you, a family member or friend are affected by mental illness, there are several support and information meetings in the area that may be of interest to you. Support meetings benefit one and all. Even if you are not in crisis, you may benefit by providing help to others during their time of crisis.
 
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
 
Bremerton - 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:00 pm -7:15 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
700 Callahan Drive
Bremerton, WA  98310
 
Lakebay (Key Peninsula)
1st and 3rd Saturday from 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Key Peninsula Lutheran Church
4213 Lackey Rd. KPN
Lakebay, WA  98349
 
Contact for both the Bremerton and Lakebay Groups:  Kimberly Wood, dbsabremerton@gmail.com
   
NAMI Support Groups
This includes support group information, resources, and the the latest NAMI Kitsap newsletter.
 
Family Support Group Meeting – Silverdale - New Location
Meets the last Tuesday of each month (7:00 – 8:30 pm) at 2819 NW Kitsap Place Suite #204 (behind Michaels) in Silverdale.  For more information call Joy Sprague (206) 753-7000.
 
Family Support Group Meeting - Bainbridge Island
Meets the second Monday of each month (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.) at the Home Street Bank building - 921 Hildebrand Land, Bainbridge Island.
For information call Jeanette Rerecich (360) 697-5531.
 
Peer Support Group - Bainbridge Island
For persons with mental illness. Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays (new day) (12:30 – 2:00 pm) (new time) at the Home Street Bank building - 921 Hildebrand Lane, Bainbridge Island.  For more information call Nancy Sias (206) 842-7621 or Jane Cartmell at (206) 898-6092.
 
Peer Support Group - Poulsbo
For persons with mental illness.  Meets the first and third Tuesdays (1:30 - 3:00 pm) at Hostmark Community Center, 703 NE Hostmark St., Poulsbo.  For more information call Ann Clark (360) 697-2142.
 
Family Connections Skills Support Group - Silverdale
For family members who have a loved one suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder.  Please contact Joy Sprague for further information.  E-mail: joy.sprague@yahoo.com.

Family-To-Family Education Program
NAMI of Kitsap County offers this program, usually annually. This 12-week series of classes is structured to help family members understand and support their relatives affected by Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder (manic depression), Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, Panic Disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, while maintaining their own well being. This course is taught by a team of trained volunteer family members who know what it's like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness in the family.  NOTE:There is no cost to participate in the NAMI Family-To-Family Education Program. Over 35,000 family members in the U.S. and Canada have completed this course.  For information call Jeannette Rerecich (360) 697-5531.

NAMI of Kitsap County- Education Meetings
(local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Meets the first Thursday of each month (except July and August) for an Education Meeting at 7:00 p.m.  at the Doctors Clinic (3rd Floor) at Cavalon Place, 2011 Myhre Road (corner of Myhre and Bucklin Hill). It is comprised of family members, friends and people affected by mental illness. The goals include:  Providing education and support; creating awareness of issues related to mental illness; working to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and advocating for changes to improve services.
For more information: Click here for NAMI Kitsap website
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