NAMI Programs


At NAMI-Westside (in Rio Rancho, New Mexico), trained NAMI volunteers bring volunteer-led programs to families, peers and caregivers. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs and support groups provide outstanding free education, skills training and support. The programs offered currently by NAMI-Westside are listed below. The availability of programs may vary depending on the affiliate.

NAMI Connection: for people living with a mental health condition
NAMI Education Night
NAMI Family-To-Family
NAMI Family Support Group

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NAMI Family-To-Family

NAMI-Westside, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its 12-week Spring Family-to-Family Education Program, beginning on Thursday, March 15, 2017. You must pre-register for this class by calling Marianne Wright, 505-404-9234.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Remember to register (as seating is limited) by calling Marianne Wright, 505-404-9234.

NAMI Family-to-Family was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, samhsa.gov). For more information, please contact Marianne Wright > Contact Form

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NAMI Family Support Group

NAMI Family Support Group is a support group for family members, partners, friends and caregivers of individuals living with a mental illness.

  • Help * Hope * Healing – You are not alone!
  • Share your experience & learn from others
  • Share ideas that help you and your family
  • Find friends who care and understand
  • Get information on brain disorders, treatments and services.
  • NAMI-Westside, Rio Rancho: NO MEETING Dec. 27, 2017.

    • St. Thomas Aquinas Religious Education Building, Room 11, 1502 Sara Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM
    • Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month, 10:00am – 11:30am  NO MEETING Dec. 27, 2017.
    • Marilyn Salzman (505) 203-7179
  • In Albuquerque East Side:
    • NAMI Albuquerque office, 2501 San Pedro NE, Suite 212
    • Every Tuesday (except the 2nd Tuesday) from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • (505) 256-0288 (Leave message if no answer)

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NAMI Education Night

NAMI Education Night provides different guests who are invited to speak monthly. Check it out!

  • NAMI-Westside, Rio Rancho
    • NAMI-Westside office, 4011 Barbara Loop SE, Suite 202, Rio Rancho, NM
    • Usually 4th Tuesday each month from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
    • Bring your friends, relatives, co-workers, and faith-based groups.
    • Never a fee or reservation is required.
    • Light refreshments are always served.
    • Elevator at rear of lobby.
    • Marilyn Salzman (505) 203-7179

NAMI-Westside’s next Education Night is Feb. 27, hosting:

Women’s And Infant Mental Health
Presented by: Dr. Simerjeet K. Brar and Dr. Kimothy Cain

Both psychiatrists are well-known for their work in the Field of Women’s and Infant Mental Health. They were featured in the recent documentary, Kassy’s Kause, My Life 4 Yours, the touching story of a young woman who suffered from perinatal depression.  They are a part of “RAFAEL,” the abbreviation for “Residents and Fellows as Educators Live”, RAFAEL in the Community. It is a Quality Improvement Project at UNM which helps in spreading psychiatric education and fight stigma in the community. Started around two years ago, Residents and Fellows provide talks to many places in the community, i.e., schools, prison, nursing homes, etc.

Open to the public and is free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. Questions: (505) 203-7179
Invite a friend, co-worker, neighbor, faith-based acquaintances.

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NAMI Connection

NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for people living with a mental health condition. This support group provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope. The support groups are run by people living with a mental illness themselves. Each group meets for 90 minutes, is confidential, and is offered at no charge to anyone with a mental illness.

  • NAMI-Westside, Rio Rancho: NO MEETING Dec. 27, 2017.

    • St. Thomas Aquinas Religious Education Building, Room 10, 1502 Sara Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM
    • Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month, 10:00am – 11:30am   NO MEETING Dec. 27, 2017.
    • Marilyn Salzman (505) 203-7179
  • In Albuquerque, the connection group meets at:
    • NAMI Albuquerque office, 2501 San Pedro NE, Suite 212
    • Every Monday from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • (505) 256-0288 (Leave message if no answer)

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Have questions or need directions? Please call the NAMI-Westside office: (505) 203-7179 or (505) 990-2292.