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. Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour sessions and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person 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 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.
NAMI Geauga maintains a registration interest list and schedules a class when there are enough participants, usually fall and spring of each year. If you would like to be added to this list, use the contact our Program Coordinator at 440-286-6264. Check our Calendar for up-to-date class dates, times and locations.
Peer-to-Peer Course Topics Include:
1. Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences; Consumer stages of recovery.
2. “It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders; Brain biology and research.
3. The challenges and benefits of medication; Relapse prevention.
4. Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences.
5. Information and discussion about various mental illnesses including Schizophrenia, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizo-effective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder.
6. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dual Diagnosis.
7. Relapse prevention; Substance abuse and addiction; The role of acceptance in recovery.
8. Understanding emotions; Experiences of joy; Spirituality; Physical health and mental health.
9. Suicide and prevention, Surviving a hospital stay, Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare.
10. Hot buttons and triggers, Working with providers, Incarceration- survival and preparedness.