Would you …..
* Like to learn more about your mental illness?
* Benefit by being around others that know what its like living with mental illness?
* Be interested in developing a Relapse Prevention Plan?
If so, please join us for Peer-to-Peer, a ten-week free structured course that will help you in your quest to live well with mental illness. You will learn about self-advocacy and, at the same time, create a special bond with others in the course.
The NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course – Peer to Peer is for any individual (18 years and older) living with a serious mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. Each class is two hours in length and continues for ten consecutive weeks
The Course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercise and structured group processes, and the diversity of experience among the 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 18 years and older who experiences mental illness.
Who are the teachers? – The course is taught by two trained “mentors” who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness.
What is taught exactly?
Week 1: Orientation
Welcome Introductions Course orientation Questions and answers
Icebreaker Group ground rules Discussion on course values Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences Consumer stages of recovery Stigma Culture Mindfulness
“It’s not my fault”-mental illnesses as no-blame disorders Brain biology and research The challenges and benefits of medication Relapse prevention Creative visualization Mindfulness
Storytelling-sharing of personal experiences Mindfulness
Information and discussion about: Schizophrenia Depression Bipolar Disorder Schizoaffective Disorder Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued Accounts of wisdom and strength Mindfulness
Information and discussions about: Generalized Anxiety Disorder Panic Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued Substance abuse and addiction The role of acceptance in recovery Mindfulness
Understanding emotions Complete relapse prevention Focusing on experiences of joy Spirituality Physical health and mental health Mindfulness
Suicide and prevention Coming out of isolation Mental illness and disclosure Take-home tool for making difficult choices Surviving a hospital stay Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making Mindfulness
Guest speaker Hot buttons and triggers Working with providers Advance Directive continued Incarceration-survival and preparedness
Another look at consumer stages of recovery Empowerment Advocacy Opportunities for involvement in NAMI Mindfulness Evaluations Celebration