February 21, 2016


The NAMI Peer-to-Peer program is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any type of serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The free course consists of nine two-hour units and is taught by a team of three trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible sources. They make an advance directive, and a ‘relapse prevention plan’ to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behaviors, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention. Mindfulness exercises are practiced to help focus and calm thinking. Survival skills are provided for working with providers and the general public.

Contact your local affiliate for upcoming courses. Registration is required.

In Our Own Voice (IOOV)

In Our Own Voice is a unique public education program in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about experiencing symptoms of mental illness and achieving recovery. It is an opportunity for them to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation. Audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions as this brings them closer to understanding what it is like to experience symptoms of mental illness and stay in recovery.

Presentations are offered free of charge to consumer groups, students, educators, professionals, various civic groups, etc..

Organizations interested in seeing a presentation may contact NAMI SC to see if the program is available in your area.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group lead by consumers in recovery and is for people experiencing symptoms of mental illness. People learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.

Some affiliates do not have separate support groups for family members and consumers. In this case, the groups may be combined. Contact your local affiliate for support group dates, times, and locations.