Peer-to-Peer: Learning to Live well with What We've Got

About the Program:

The NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course is a ten week - two hours per week - experiential education course on the topic of recovery for any person with serious mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness. The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and structured group processes. The diversity of experience among course participants affords for a lively dynamic that moves the course along.

Who can take it?

The Course is designed to offer an opportunity for growth to any individual who experiences mental illness.

Who are the teachers?

Courses are taught by teams of three trained "mentors", or peer-teachers, who are themselves experiences at living well with mental illness.

What is taught exactly?

Week One
Introduction, Stigma, Discrimination
Begin Relaspe, Prevention Planning

Week Two
Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression
Thoughts, Feelings, sleep
Continue Relaspe Prevention Planning

Week Three
Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Senses, Behavior
Continue Relaspe Prevention Planning

Week Four
Story Telling

Week Five
Language, Emotions
Continue Relaspe Prevention Planning

Week Six
Addictions, Spirituality, Medication
Complete Relaspe Prevention Plans

Week Seven
Coping Strategies, Decision Making

Week Eight
Relationships, Begin Advance Directive

Week Nine
Empowerment, Advocacy, "Complete"
Advance Directive, Evaluation

Where is it offered?

NAMI's Peer-to-Peer Education Course is offered by state and affliate NAMI's around the country. A complete list of NAMI state and affliate organizations is on the NAMI Web site : http://www.nami.org

What does it cost?

NAMI's Peer-to-Peer Education Course is offered free of charge to people who experience mental illness. You do not need to be a member of NAMI to take the course. We hope you will contact your local affiliate or state NAMI organization to join.

How do I find more?

NAMI's Peer-to-Peer Education Course is offered free of charge to people who experience mental illness. You do not need to be a member of NAMI to take the course. We hope you will contact your local affiliate or state NAMI organization to join.