NAMI Cobb will offer Peer-to-Peer program beginning April 5th, 2017
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a mental health, wellness and recovery program open to any adult (18+) with a mental health condition. It provides participants with education, skills and support to enhance their lives. Participants learn how to strengthen relationships, balance changing health care needs and better understand their mental health and recovery.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is facilitated by a team of trained peer mentors who make mental health and wellness a priority in their daily lives. They share information, facilitate discussions and teach participants new skills that lead to self-awareness and personal growth.
Who can take the course?
Any adult (18+) with a mental health condition is eligible to attend NAMI Peer-to-Peer. No proof of diagnosis is required. Pre-registration by contacting the course instructor is needed.
Goals of the course:
∙ Provide practical, current information about mental health
∙ Help participants understand common mental health symptoms
∙ Teach mindfulness and relaxation skills
∙ Promote awareness and management of stressors that could otherwise lead to relapse
∙ Empower participants to make confident and informed healthcare decisions
∙ Encourage communication with mental healthcare providers and supporters
∙ Strengthen recovery
∙ Offer a safe, peer-based learning environment
What participants say about NAMI Peer-to-Peer:
“This course has literally been a life saver. It has opened my eyes to better understand methods of recovery I did not know about before taking the course.”
“This course has given me a sense of who I am. I understand what is going on with me and I am able to cope. I have gained employment and committed to my recovery. I’ve come a long way since I started.”
“I believe the course was extremely educational and I have learned tools and techniques to manage day to day and long term stresses. In addition, I have gained greater insight.”
“I have made friends that will remain in contact after the course.”
“It made me feel I was not alone in coping; it gave me hope that I could recover and that my life would not always be filled with chaos, it gave me positive role models to inspire me to strive for recuperation and success in life.”
What does the research say about NAMI Peer-to-Peer?
An evaluation of participants of the NAMI Peer-to-Peer by the University of Maryland found that taking the course improved self-image, increased self-motivation and willingness to help others with mental health challenges.
In addition, participants:
- Felt less alone.
- Learned new relapse prevention skills.
- Reported more acceptance towards their illness.
- Embraced advocacy and used the class to help others.
- Experienced improved relationships with loved ones.
Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register contact Paul Miner at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 560-3058.