NAMI Peer-to-Peer

peertopeer

What is NAMI Peer-to-Peer?

  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an 8-session recovery-focused course for adults with mental health conditions.
  • The program is held weekly for two hours and is led by peers with mental health conditions
  • Information is included on conditions such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder, among others
  • Participants leave NAMI Peer-to-Peer with a customized relapse prevention plan and a form they can use to create their own Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
  • Discussion and interactive exercises focus on mindfulness and meditation, relapse prevention, and healthy coping skills to help cope with life’s challenges
  • Classes are free and confidential
  • Classes are open to any adult living with a mental illness

What does Peer-to-Peer include?

  • Current information about the major mental illnesses and the most current research available on the biological aspects of these illnesses
  • Information on recovery, including a variety of treatment strategies currently available
  • Skills training in the areas of problem solving, listening, communication techniques and handling crisis and relapse
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and offer tips of advocating for those supports and services
  • Promotes stigma reduction through education and personal contact with individuals with a mental illness

Participation Perspectives

“NAMI Peer-to-Peer is uplifting, life-saving and an eye-opening experience that changed how I see myself.”

“The biggest thing I gained from this class was to become my own advocate and best friend.”

“Seeing my peers’ strength and dedication to their recovery was personally meaningful.”

Find a Peer-to-Peer Class

Connect with your local NAMI California affiliate to find out about upcoming Peer-to-Peer classes

More Information

Becoming a Peer-to-Peer Mentor

Please download the Peer-to-Peer Mentor Application in English or Spanish and send it to Serena Durand, Program Coordinator, at serena@namica.org

Trainings