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NAMI Peer-to-Peer


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 composed 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 consists of eight two-hour units 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.

Mentors are trained in an intensive three-day training session and are supplied with teaching manuals.

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 telltale feelings, thoughts, behaviors, 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.

Who can take it? – The course is designed to offer an opportunity for growth to any individual 18 years and older who experiences mental illness.

Who are the teachers? – The course is taught by two trained “mentors” who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness.

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To register for NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties next NAMI Peer-to-Peer class…

Contact us at  or 941-376-9361.

Subscribe to our Newsletter for updates on upcoming classes. 

And, please check our website calendar for class dates and times.


To sign up to be waitlisted for the next class please fill out the form below.

NAMI Sarasota Manatee Peer-to-Peer Waitlist 2020

  • Thank you for registering for the NAMI Sarasota Manatee's Signature Peer-to-Peer course. This is an 8-week class open to anyone experiencing a mental health challenge. This class encourages your growth, healing, and recovery.

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