For adults living with mental health conditions


If you have a mental health condition, it's important to know that you are not alone. One in 5 American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. Across the population, 1 in every 25 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or long-term recurring major depression. At NAMI Anchorage we have a community of peers to help you learn, navigate resources, and connect with others with shared lived experience.


Recovery is possible. We're here to help.


What is the Connection Support Group?

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a peer-led support group program for any adult (18+) with a mental health condition, regardless of diagnosis. This group offers participants the support of peers who understand their point of view and celebrate their successes. Meetings provide a sense of community for individuals experiencing similar challenges and a confidential place to be heard, offer insight and hope, and receive support. Please note: only individuals who are living with a mental health condition may attend.

What you’ll learn:

  • How others share your same challenges

  • What success can look like

  • How to develop better coping skills

  • Finding strength in shared experiences

  • Laugh – because humor is healthy

  • How to hold on to hope – because we never give up!

In-Person Support Groups

NAMI Connection support groups are meeting in person on Saturdays from 11:30-1:00 at Central Lutheran Church (1420 Cordova St, Anchorage, AK).

Online Support Groups

In partnership with NAMI Alaska, NAMI Juneau, and NAMI Fairbanks, we are expanding our online support group offerings. To learn more about our online support groups, please go to NAMI Alaska's online support groups page

Online NAMI Connection support groups currently meet:

  • The second and fourth Thursday of every month from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


What is Peer-to-Peer?

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an 8-week mental health, wellness and recovery program open to any adult (18+) with a mental health condition. Each class is led by someone who has lived with mental illness and who understands and can teach about mental health recovery. This course is a valuable resource that will help you uncover what living well looks like for YOU. With new knowledge, tools and support, you can better take charge of your life and choices.

What you’ll learn:

  • Facts about specific mental health conditions

  • Learning the ropes of recovery

  • Crisis management

  • Critical strategies like:

    • Relapse prevention aid

    • Self care

    • Healthy habits

Upcoming Peer-to-Peer Courses

​The next NAMI Peer-to-Peer course is starting on September 29th, 2021. It will meet weekly on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 for 8 weeks.

Free of cost. Registration required.

To know more about NAMI Peer-to-Peer, click here. To register, email us with your name, phone, and email. Or call us at (907)272-0227.

To be contacted when the next Peer-to-Peer course is scheduled, sign up for our interest list by clicking here. If you have signed up in the past, it is not necessary to sign up again.


What is Mental Health First Aid?

Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Two versions of the training are available: mental health first aid for adults and mental health first aid for public safety.

Take a course. Save a life. Strengthen your community.

What you’ll learn:

  • Facts about mental health conditions

  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan (ALGEE)​​

  • How to apply the action plan in a variety of situations including:

    • Panic attacks​

    • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

    • Non-suicidal self-injury

    • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)

    • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use

    • Reaction to a traumatic event

Click here to sign up to be notified when the next course is scheduled!

Have questions? Send us an email, give us a call, or check out our frequently asked questions page!