NAMI Newton Wellesley was organized in 1980 by parents whose chlldren had mental illness.  We are one of 21 local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI of Massachusetts. We provide services for Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley. and Weston.

Our Mission

The mission of NAMI Newton Wellesley is to improve the lives of people living with mental illnesses and of their families.

Our Vision

We seek to extend the education, support and advocacy programs of NAMI Massachusetts so that we can reach out to all peers and their families in Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley. and Weston.


Our message to people living with mental illness and their families is “YOU ARE NOT ALONE”. NAMI Newton Wellesley has three family caregiver support groups: Please see our calendar for details. These groups are facilitated by trained volunteer family members and are free of charge.

NAMI Connections  is a confidential recovery support group for adults with mental illness regardless of their diagnosis. Every group is offered free of charge and meets weekly for 90 minutes. All groups are lead by trained individuals who are in recovery – people who understand the challenges they face. Please call for the time and place of these meetings.

Education Programs

Our free education seminars offering  resources, insights, and information about research and treatment meet (usually) on the on fourth Tuesday of each month. See our calendar for our current offerings. In addition to the monthly education programs, NAMI Newton Wellesley provides Family to Family:

Family to Family is a free 12 week course offered to  family caregivers and relatives of a mentally ill loved one. You are welcome to join any class that is offered at your convenience. The program is taught  by trained family members. Topics covered include:

  • diagnoses
  • medications
  • communication techniques
  • coping skills and
  • advocacy.

Over 800 family members have benefited from the information and opportunities to bond with those that share similar circumstances.

NAMI Basics  is an education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It is taught by trained teachers who are the parents or other caregivers of individuals who develop the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 23 years.

The course consists of six classes which may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks or twice per week for three consecutive weeks to accommodate the hectic schedule of the parents.

ADVOCACY is encouraged with excellent support from NAMI Mass. Join hundreds of NAMI Massachusetts members and supporters to advocate for important mental health issues. Contact your Representative and Senator or their staff at https://malegislature.gov/StateHouse/Contact

NAMI Walks! seeks to provide awareness of mental illness and to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. It also provides a means of funding the many programs of NAMI Mass and its affiliates.

Walk for the minds of America. It’s exhilarating, it’s fun and it helps overcome stigma. Help support our programs.

Walk with us! STOP STIGMA!

We are happy to exhibit at HEALTH FAIRS within (or near) our geography. Waltham’s Annual Mental Health Awareness Event and the “Just Think” expo at Newton North HS have been great ways to engage the community in conversations about mental health. Please let us know if you have a health fair where we can join in.