Peer to Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an eight-session educational and skills-building class series for people with mental health symptoms/diagnoses (age 18 and older). This program is guided by peer facilitators with their own lived experience; they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there too! Participants in Peer-to-Peer find support and shared understanding—compassion, reinforcement, and empathy from people who truly get their situation. Together, participants learn skills and make realistic goals with the reminder that recovery is a journey, and that there is hope.

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Information about each class module is provided below:

Class 1:

  • Introduction to NAMI & mental health recovery
    • Peer facilitators and participants share short personal introductions
    • Exploring different views on the meaning of recovery and what recovery means to each individual.
    • Forming a personal “vision statement”—a summarized 1-3 sentence statement combining what we enjoy, what makes us feel accomplished and our personal values.
    • Introduction to mindfulness practices (breathing exercise)

Class 2:

  • Brain biology basics & getting a diagnosis
    • Overview of the dimensions of wellness—personal assessment of areas you are doing well/need improvement in and possible changes to make.
    • Research on the functional regions of the brain and basic brain chemistry
    • Introduction to SMART goals (the basis for goal formation throughout this program)
    • Overview of common mental health conditions

Class 3:

  • Getting a diagnosis and story sharing
    • Check-in on goals from previous class
    • Different experiences getting a diagnosis
    • Sharing each participants’ experience
    • Continuation of mindfulness practice—progressive relaxation

Class 4:

  • Relationships, communication skills & self-appreciations
    • Types of relationships, and defining healthy vs. unhealthy relationships
    • Fostering a healthy relationship with ourself
    • Expressing needs effectively and using “I” statements
    • Continuation of goal planning and check-in

Class 5:

  • Growing support networks
    • Looking at different types of support
    • Examining your support network (different levels of relationship and types of support)
    • Identifying “holes” in your support network and how to fill them
    • Social media—it’s role and staying safe
    • Mindfulness activity—guided imagery
    • Continuation of goal planning and check-in

Class 6:

  • Tools for enhancing recovery
    • Different types of treatment explained including complementary medicine
    • Mental health professionals (types and their roles in treatment)
    • Substances (recreational and otherwise) and how they might affect wellness
    • Further examining medications
    • Examining associations between behaviors, thoughts and emotions (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or “CBT” exercise)
    • Continuation of goal planning and check-in

Class 7:

  • Storytelling and strengths
    • Making sense of the past–reframing
    • Recognizing and focusing on personal strengths
    • Celebrating personal successes/accomplishments—being kind to ourselves
    • Patient rights in treatment/therapeutic services
    • Partnering with providers and preparing for appointments
    • Psychiatric advanced directives
    • Continuation of goal planning and check-in

Class 8:

  • Moving forward
    • “Reverse brainstorming” for problem-solving
    • Re-examining initial vision statements (from class 1)
    • Continuation of goal planning and check-in (setting up for success)
    • Peer to Peer program and facilitator evaluation

Basic information about treatments for mental health conditions is provided but NAMI Seattle does not recommend or endorse any medications or other specific therapies.