Support Groups

Local Groups

NAMI Support & Sharing Meeting
420 E. Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY

(between South Townsend St. and South State St., next to the Onondaga County Sheriffs Department) Parking and entrance in the rear of the building.
call NAMI (315) 487-2085 for more information, facilitated support
and information or click the meetings tab in the menu

Family Support and Education center @ (315) 478-4151 – crisis and
ongoing supports and advocacy – Sheila LeGacy and Patricia Hetrick

Hutchings Psychiatric Center
Syracuse – David Donaghy @ (315) 426-7680 – Several services including Family Night
Dinners, a Common Sense Parenting series, family handbook, library, consultations.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance- Central New York-
Adult and Teen Support Groups
Call for information @ (315) 428-9366

Support Group for Spouses of persons with mental illness
Call Joe and Judy Bliss-Ridgway @ (315) 468-9809

VA Medical Center Community Care Center
Ann Canastra @ (315) 425-4445 x51009

Support Group for families of individuals with eating disorders
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:45pm – 8pm. – Centre Syracuse 2nd floor,
3300 James St.,  contact Karen Fernandez-Cosgrove @ (315) 671-2202
for more information.

Family Tapestry Inc.
Support for parents/caregivers of youth and adolescents with behaviour, mental health, and developmental challenges.
Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Call ahead if childcare is needed : Cathy (315) 559-2174

Community General Hospital offers support groups for family and patients together and for family members, call Myrlene Jones @ (315) 492-5652

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare
An array of services for people with co-occuring disorders and concurrent information and supports for their families.
Contact: (315) 474-5506

Al-Anon, Alateen and other 12 step programs
The wisdom, experience and hope of 12-Step meetings for families and friends of people with alcoholism and
other addictions is readily useful to families of people with mental illness.
Contact: Al-Anon and Alateen Service Center @ (315) 471-0191

6 thoughts on “Support Groups

  1. Hi, I’m an adult who suffers from depression. I was just wondering if the support group is structured or it’s just sharing.

    • Hi Michelle,
      The support group run by NAMI Syracuse:“Syracuse” Support & Sharing Meetings held on the third Tues of every month is for family members of those suffering from mental Illness. I think the group you’re looking for is the CNY Depression Bipolar Support Group. Their number is: (315) 428-9366. And their website is:

      Here’s what I know about them other than they are a really great group and very well attended:

      The CNY Depression and Bipolar Support Group is a self-help support group run by and for people with a diagnosis of depression. This group is a member of: The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and has cooperation from the Mental Health Association of Onondaga County, NAMI Syracuse, Inc. and the Onondaga Pastoral Center.

  2. Is there a support group for people who are unemployed in Central NY/Syracuse, NY area?

    If not, I would also like to know if there is a support group for people who feel rejected by employers, people I know, etc. I am frustrated with issues for long time and I am getting to a point need to let it out ASAP. I can not afford insurance although I am under my wife’s who said NO to any medical since we are broke! Hence, I have no job!

    Now, any groups? Thank you!

  3. I have severe anxiety and depression. Sometimes suicidal. Need support group. Live in CNY. What do you recommend? Seeing a counselor -not enough.

  4. I am depressed and anxious and having very hard time coping. Meds aren’t helping. Sometimes suicidal. Can you suggest support group or treatment? Live in CNY.

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