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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.

Sign Up For A Class

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.

And check below for upcoming classes.


Upcoming Class:

Wednesdays, September 9th, 2020, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, 8 week session.

Location: Online via Zoom

To register for the class series beginning September 9th please fill out the form below.

NAMI Sarasota Manatee Peer-to-Peer Registration 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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