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NAMI's Peer-to-Peer Program

Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.

An advisory board comprised of NAMI consumer members, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education program, helped guide the curriculum’s development.

Since 2005, NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program has been supported by AstraZeneca.

What does the course include?

Peer-to-Peer is a 10 week class consisting of two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

Mentors are trained in weekend-long training sessions, supplied with teaching manuals, and are paid a stipend for each course they teach.

Participants come away from the course with:

Information about the course:

Peer-to-Peer Classes in Virginia

See a full list of Peer-to-Peer Classes in Virginia

Thank you to everyone who attended Peer-to-Peer Mentor training in November, it was a huge success! 

P2P Graduates

Interested in Becoming a Peer-to-Peer Mentor?

If you are interested in becoming a Peer-to-Peer Mentor, please complete an application and contact your local affiliate connect with the local Peer-to-Peer Coordinator. 

Trainings are schedule upon the request of the affiliate or once sufficient interest warrants.  Those wishing to be considered as a candidate should complete an application and connect with their local affiliate.  If you are unable to reach someone with your local affiliate or have genear questions regarding NAMI proggram trainings please contact Sarah Steadman, Director of Programs at 804-285-8264 x203 or ssteadman@namivirginia.org


Who would make a good mentor? Someone with personal mental illness experience who is currently moving along their own path of recovery; who is comfortable with public speaking; has reliable transportation; would be able to commit to the three day training, and to teaching the nine-week class twice a year.

For more information, download the Peer-to-Peer Outreach Video or contact the Director of Programs Sarah Steadman at ssteadman@namivirginia.org.

Affiliate and Peer-to-Peer Program Leaders' Resources

Please make sure to check out resources on the Peer-to-Peer Program found under 'Resources for Strengthening your NAMI Program to help your program succeed!
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