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Family Resources

The following are services and support groups for family members, partners, and friends of individuals living with mental illness.

Sonoma County Behavioral Health (SCBH) – Family Education & Support Group

Every 2nd Monday, 4 – 6:00 PM
Wellness & Advocacy Center, Main Conference Room
2245 Challenger Way, Santa Rosa

This is a monthly education and support group to increase the understanding of the nature of mental illness and its interactions with substance abuse, facilitate supportive dialogue, and foster confidence in family members’ insights, interventions, and coping strategies.

Facilitated by Katie Swan (Buckelew Programs) and Sid McColley (SCBH). Contact Katie Swan at (707) 583-5284 or to learn more.

Sonoma County Sheriff – Family Support & Education Group

Last Thursday of every month, 6 – 7:30 PM
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Main Lobby
2796 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa

Do you have a loved one in custody? Does someone you know struggle with a mental illness? We invite you to learn additional ways to support your loved ones while in custody or in the community. 

An RSVP is required to reserve your seat. Leave a message at (707) 565-4230.

Petaluma Education & Support Group

Every 2nd Thursday, 4 – 5:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church, Fireside Room
939 B Street, Petaluma

Every 4th Thursday, 3 – 4:30 PM
945 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma

Join us in increasing our understanding of the nature of mental health and trauma, facilitate supportive dialogue and foster confidence in family members (family, friends, or allies) insights, interventions, and coping strategies through education, peer support, understanding of community resources and hope.

Facilitated by Katie Swan (Buckelew Programs). Contact Katie Swan at (707) 583-5284 or to learn more.

West County Care & Share

Every 4th Friday, 3 – 4:30 PM
O’Reilly Media, Tarsier Conference Room
1005 N Gravenstein Highway, Sebastopol

Free, ongoing drop-in support group, led by trained family members for family and friends of individuals struggling with mental health and/or trauma. All facilitation services and course materials are free to class participants. 

Facilitated by Katie Swan and Jessica Wolfe (Buckelew Programs). Contact Katie Swan at (707) 583-5284 or to learn more.

Pura Vida Family Services Group

Every Tuesday, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Pura Vida Recovery Services
130 Stony Point Road Suite D, Santa Rosa

A free, drop-in support circle for people wanting support around their loved one’s addiction and recovery. This is a weekly, ongoing group for adults and youth ages 16+. Participants are provided a safe place and an opportunity to share with others, create connections, and begin their own process of healing. This group explores issues of co-dependency, enabling, and self care, and shares information on local resources, educational materials, and reading materials. 

Facilitated by Lynne Burke, Roger Brown, and Michelle Montalbano with Pura Vida. Contact Michelle Montalbano at (707) 799-0933 to learn more.

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