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 Family-to-Family is a class for families, partners, friends and caregivers of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This program 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 bi-weekly 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:
    • St. Thomas Aquinas Religious Education Building, Room 11, 1502 Sara Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM
    • 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month, 10:00am – 11:30am
    • 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
    • 4th Tuesday each month (except June, July, August) 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.
    • Marilyn Salzman (505) 203-7179

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NAMI Connection

NAMI Connection is a weekly 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:
    • St. Thomas Aquinas Religious Education Building, Room 10, 1502 Sara Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM
    • 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month, 10:00am – 11:30am
    • 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.