Support Groups

Local Groups

NAMI Family Support Group

NAMI Syracuse office, 917 Avery Avenue, Syracuse 13204  (315) 487-2085

Will meet on the second Wednesday of each month beginning Wednesday, October 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

All family members and friends of those living with mental health concerns are welcome to attend.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Facilitators: Marla Byrnes & Ann Canastra



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

This Mind of Mine Peer Support Group

“Life is Never Linear”

 Wednesday March 21, 2018 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Peer Support Group begins meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each month

NAMI Syracuse office 917 Avery Ave. Syracuse, NY 13204

All diagnosis welcome!

This Mind of Mine Peer Support Group focuses on:

  • Community Resources and Events
    • Sharing Community Resources for Onondaga County and upcoming Social Events
  • Open Sharing/Discussion
    • Discussing proud moments and challenges that arose within one’s mental health journey
  • Brainstorming
    • Response to challenges previously mentioned; how to handle real life situations such as handling work life, family and along those lines
  • Put a Bow on It
    • Last words to go by/Closing thoughts to leave with

For more information, contact Lacey Roy at

eroylacey@gmail.comRelated image

Or NAMI Syracuse at

(315) 487-2085


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

Hutchings Psychiatric Center
Syracuse – Ross Loucy @ (315) 426-3600 – Several services including monthly Family and Community education series, Family Night
Dinners, Common Sense Parenting classes, Psycho-education/support groups, family and friends handbook, family consultations

Hutchings Children-Youth Family Advocate | (315) 426-7600

Orientation and information meetings for parents of children who are inpatient at Hutchings Psychiatric Center. Call 426-7600 for detailed information.

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 Parent Support Groups: Family driven organization dedicated to helping families that have children with Severe Emotional Disturbances navigate and be part of the systems that serve their children and families. Meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m.until 7 p.m. at Park Central Presbyterian Church (corner of E. Fayette and Townsend St.). Open to family member and caregivers. Must RSVP for free childcare. For more information contact Jean Austin at 807-2936 or email at

Holly Cross
Youth Coordinator
Family Tapestry
(315) 317 – 5587

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, email:

Syracuse VA Medical Center – Telephone Care Program: Allows eligible veterans and their families access to VA care by telephone. Contact James Cody at 425-4400.

Ophelia’s Place – Every Body Matters Support Group | (315) 451-5544

Weekly online chat about bodies, our authentic beauty, and how we can live boldly as our authentic selves. Individuals with an eating disorder or looking to chat about nutrition are welcome. Meets Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Go to for more information or call (315) 451-5544

Overeaters Anonymous | (315) 437-0088

A 12-Step program for individuals suffering from compulsive eating. For meeting schedule visit  or call (315) 437-0088


Hope Connections | (315) 362-7629

Peer recovery coaching for people affected by substance use and/or in search of mental wellness. For more information contact (315) 362-7629.

Contact Hotline| (315) 251-0600

For confidential, anonymous, free-24-hour counseling, suicide prevention and crisis counseling. Call (315) 251-0600 or visit for online chat.

8 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.

  5. Hello,

    I do not have a doctor yet in the area. I am trying to find support groups for myself and my boyfriend/fiance who is becoming frustrated with the difficulties I have been experiencing and new med changes. I suffer from borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression. Is there a group that would be best for both of us to go to together?

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