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EDUCATION For Individuals Living with Mental Illness

The NAMI Peer to Peer is A FREE, 10 week course that provides a unique, experiential learning program for people living with mental illness (or mental health challenges) who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The Course provides an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope. This class is presently offered twice per year. Please call our office at 985-626-6538 for further information.

The 8 week Education program provides:

  • Relapse prevention
  • Brain biology and research,
  • Mental illness
  • Symptoms,
  • Stigma and recovery,
  • Cultural perceptions of mental health,
  • Mindfulness,
  • Spirituality,
  • Substance abuse and addiction,
  • Physical health,
  • Suicide and prevention,
  • Working with providers,
  • Advance directive for mental healthcare,
  • Empowerment and advocacy

The course is free and uses a combination of lecture, group discussions, interactive exercises, and stress management techniques to help participants build a solid recovery. It provides a safe environment to learn about mental illness and gain support from the experiences of other peers that have been there. Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a relapse prevention plan to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.