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Mental Illness Support Group for Friends and Family

This free support group provides education and resources to people with loved ones in our inpatient and outpatient programs.


Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Behavioral Health - Outpatient Program
5555 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942
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Wednesdays, 5 to 6 pm

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When someone is living with a serious mental illness, their family and friends may also be affected.

At Sharp Grossmont Hospital, we understand that facing mental illness in a loved one can be confusing and challenging. Our Family and Friends Support Group provides support, education and resources to help people with loved ones enrolled in our inpatient and outpatient programs.

Participants learn about mental illness and what to expect based on their loved one’s specific diagnosis. The group provides a safe environment for patient caregivers, family members and support people to ask questions and share their experiences. Participants also learn healthy ways to help their friend or family member, as well as what resources are available.

Registration is not required prior to attending. If you have a question or concern, please contact the program manager by providing your name and email address in the "Learn More" box above. Someone will contact you within two business days.

Parking Information plus

Self-parking is available in Parking Structures 1 or 2. Parking is free for those with a handicapped placard and for all visits under an hour. Visits of one to four hours are $4. Please consult our parking and directions page at for other fee and parking options.

Special Instructions plus

Since this is a support group for family and friends, your loved one who has a mental illness is not allowed to attend. This is important, as the group is not designed to do any kind of intervention for the patient; it is designed to help family and friends help their loved ones.

Presenter Information plus

Mary Heineke, LMFT, is a therapist at Sharp Grossmont Hospital's Behavioral Health Center in the Intensive Outpatient Program.

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