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Support for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

NAMI SMC offers support for youth with a mental health diagnosis and for their families.

NAMI SMC’s Teen Support Group: A Peer Emotional and Life Skills Group (APEALS)

APEALS is an emotional and life skills group that provides teens a safe place to talk to peers dealing with similar challenges. The group is led with the guidance of 2 Young Adult Peer Facilitators. These groups will help teens process what is going on in their lives so they can reach their full potential in life and move forward in a healthier way. Challenges teens may be experiencing are depression, anxiety, anger, stress, grief, isolation, bullying, and more.

With the main focus on social-emotional support, teens will use discussion and hands-on activities to address stress, support systems, relationships, school, life’s ups and downs, strengths, and resilience.


*Open Enrollment*

Frequency: Once a week for 8 week

Location: NAMI SMC Office
1730 S. Amphlett Blvd. Ste. 308
San Mateo, CA 94402

Type: In-Person

Cost: Free

Ages: Teens ages 11-18

Who: Anyone who is looking for more emotional skills and support

How do I Sign Up:
If you or someone you know is interested please fill out this form:
Interest Form

Questions? Contact our Youth Services Manager: or 650-667-1275.

Click the link to see the 8 week themes we will be covering:
8 Week Themes

NAMI SMC’s 20s Social Group!

Welcome to NAMI SMC’s The Connections Collective. The Connections Collective is a supportive and inclusive space specially crafted for individuals navigating the unique challenges of their twenties. We understand that reaching out, making connections, and forming friendships can be daunting, especially when faced with the complexities of mental health conditions.

In this welcoming community, we recognize the struggles that some may face, whether it’s battling anxiety, depression, or simply feeling overwhelmed by the demands of life. The Connections Collective aims to be a lifeline for those who find it challenging to put themselves out there, offering a safe space for individuals seeking genuine connections and understanding peers.

The Connections Collective has monthly meet ups where we do fun activities together such as bowling, escape rooms, game nights, mini golf, cooking classes, and many more. The group is made to connect with other people in their 20s, have fun and provide a supportive environment for people to feel comfortable talking about what they’re going through. We aim to foster a sense of belonging, support and connection.

We hope you join us in building this community together!

Stay up-to-date with the events: 20s Social Group

Questions? Contact our Youth Services Manager:

    NAMI SMC’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

    NAMI’s YAC is a group of youth who are passionate about mental health advocacy and are looking to create change in their community. The YAC is led by youth for youth and has the freedom to create their own initiatives that they feel will benefit San Mateo County. 

    We are looking for youth who are:

    • Ages 15-21 and San Mateo County residents
    • Mental health advocates
    • Innovative and passionate

    What does NAMI’s YAC do?

    • Organize new events
    • Destigmatize mental health conditions
    • Promote existing support programs for youth

    Why you should join NAMI’s YAC?

    • Gain leadership and advocacy experience
    • Meet local youth passionate about mental health
    • Engage with local community

    Interested in joining NAMI’s YAC? Fill out this application.

    Questions? Contact our Youth Services Manager:

      NAMI SMC’s youth mental health presentation: Ending the Silence

      NAMI’s ‘Ending the Silence’ presentation educates middle and high school students about what mental health is, the warning signs of mental health conditions, and the appropriate steps to take when someone is displaying symptoms.

      The presentation features:

      • A young adult with personal experience living with a mental health condition who shares their recovery journey
      • An adult who shares a slide show presentation with videos to raise awareness about mental health conditions, support resources, ways to get help, and ways to help others

      The interactive format encourages students to ask questions, fostering understanding of this often-misunderstood topic and contributing to the movement to end the silence.

      Interested in having a presentation at your school? Fill out this interest form.

      Interested in becoming a speaker for the presentation? Sign up here.

      Questions? Contact our Youth Services Manager:

      Why should I bring NAMI Ending the Silence to my community?

      • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health condition each year.
      • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
      • Stigma is the biggest reason 50% of youth ages 8-15 with a mental health condition don’t receive treatment.
      • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-14.
      • The average delay between onset of symptoms and receiving treatment is 11 years.
      • Treatment works! With early identification and intervention there is hope.

      What should I know?

      • Engaging, 1 hour presentation designed for middle and high school age youth.
      • Teens will learn early warning signs and what steps they can take to help themselves or a friend.
      • Through talking about mental health and suicide openly we can begin to break the barriers of stigma.
      • Free of cost to schools, youth and communities.
      • Presented by a youth adult who experienced a mental health condition during their school years as well as a family member of an individual who experienced mental health challenges in school.