NAMI-CVA holds Peer-to-Peer education classes in the Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland and Powhatan. 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 classes 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. Here's what people are saying about Peer-to-Peer:
Consumer Student: "Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life. By engaging in recovery I am able to be more relaxed and productive at both work and home."
Consumer Student: "This course has given me a sense of who I am. I understand what is going on with me and I am able to cope. I have gained employment and committed to my recovery. I’ve come a long way since I started."
Consumer Student: "Peer to Peer teaches in 9 weeks what it took me 20 years to figure out for myself."
A presentation by consumers that creates awareness about what is involved in recovery from mental illness. A powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness. An opportunity for consumers to gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and income while serving as role models for the community. Living proof that recovery from mental illness is an ongoing reality.
Hear from people who have struggled with disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other severe mental illnesses. A brief video features consumers speaking about the topics of Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Skills, and Successes, Hopes, and Dreams. Gain insight into how people with serious mental illnesses cope with the realities of their disorders while reclaiming productive lives.
Ask questions from the real experts -- the consumers are the ones who "have been there." A Take Home Folder is distributed to all attendees, which includes resources and an opportunity for program evaluation.
Why Must We Have This Program?
Raises awareness in communities about recovery from mental illness, Empowers consumers by providing a path to recovery,
Presents the real face of mental illness, Combats stigma, Provides supported employment opportunities for consumers.
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Program is a peer- based, mutual support group model. The vision is that every person in this country who lives with a mental illness will have, within reasonable driving distance, a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group to attend.
A NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is an alliance of individuals who have in common the experience of living with mental illness. It provides a place to share our experiences and use the learning opportunities for ourselves and others. Connection groups are a safe space to confront the challenges that all consumers face, regardless of diagnosis: low self-esteem; social isolation; dual diagnosis; stigma and discrimination; etc.
NAMI Connection Facilitators are individuals living with mental illnesses and are at a point in recovery where they want to “giveback” to others. They attend an intense training to facilitate a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group.
NAMI Family Support Groups, offered by NAMI Central Virginia, are free, confidential and safe groups of families helping families who have loved ones living with a mental illness. Families join a caring group of individuals helping one another through their learned wisdom. Families are no longer alone and they have a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges.
What are the goals of NAMI Family Support Group?
• To encourage, support and empower people
• To provide this support free of charge and confidentially
• To make this support available to any family member of an individual living with a mental illness
• To provide a support group that isled by trained facilitators who are also family members of an individual living with mental illness themselves
What people are saying about NAMI Family Support Group?
“The most beneficial thing for me was that I am not alone. I found the support group at the time I really needed it!” - A family caregiver
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