NAMI Programs


NAMI-Westside (in Rio Rancho, New Mexico) is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 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 NAMI 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 offers free 12-week Family-to-Family Education Programs throughout the year.

NAMI Family-to-Family is:

  • a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness;
  • designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being;
  • information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions;
  • described by thousands of families as life-changing;
  • taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

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 call our office: 505-990-2292. To register for our next class or be added to our wait list, please contact Marianne Wright at 505-990-2292 or by email.

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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:
    • 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
    • Marilyn Salzman (505) 203-7179
  • In Albuquerque East Side (call to confirm):
    • NAMI Albuquerque office, 2501 San Pedro NE, Suite 212
    • Every Tuesday (except the 2nd Tuesday) from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    • (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

Our March 26, 2019 Education Night meeting is entitled NAMI Family and Friends.

This is a 90-minute program that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition.  Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources.

Seminar leaders will be Buck Sanchez and Shannon Errickson.  Both are trained facilitators of the 12-week Family to Family program, as well as the 4-hour seminar version of Family and Friends.

  • NAMI-Westside office, 4011 Barbara Loop SE, Suite 202, Rio Rancho, NM
  • 4March 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Bring your friends, relatives, co-workers, and faith-based groups.
  • No fee. No reservation required.
  • Light refreshments served.
  • Questions? Contact (505) 203-7179

Note: There is an elevator towards the rear of the lobby.

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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:

    • 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
    • Marilyn Salzman (505) 203-7179
  • In Albuquerque, the connection group meets (call to confirm) 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.