There are many types of support for both individuals in treatment and for families & friends of those in treatment.

One of the most comprehensive sources of support is the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which provides a variety or programs aimed at educating and advocating for those with mental illnesses.  These programs include: NAMI Basics, a free 6-week course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness; NAMI Connection, a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding; NAMI Family Support Groups – free, confidential and safe groups of families helping families who live with mental health challenges by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned group wisdom; and NAMI Peer-to-Peer, a unique, experiential learning program for people living with a mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

Learn more about programs offered through
NAMI of Summit County, Ohio.


Portage Path also serves as a meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous.  To learn more, check out the website of the Akron area chapter of AA.





Cleveland Clinic Akron General offers a variety of support groups for helping both mental and physical well-being.  View support groups currently being offered.