NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness.

Who is this course for?

Peer-to-Peer is a unique, ten-week experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

Who teaches it?

Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of three trained consumer “mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. Mentors are trained in weekend-long training sessions, supplied with teaching manuals, and are paid a stipend for each course they teach.

What does it provide?

The Peer-to-Peer course provides an opportunity for consumers to discuss a variety of topics within a supportive group of peers. 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
  • survival skills for working with providers and the general public

Course content

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Because each class builds on the one before, attendance each week is required.

For additional information on this program, or any of NAMI Rochester’s other offerings, please email us at or call (585) 423-1593.

Course Registration
The Thursday, Apr 19th – Jun 21st course is at capacity. Please contact if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.

“NAMI 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 both at work and home.”
“It made me feel I was not alone in coping with mental illness. It gave me hope that I could recover and that my life would not always be filled with chaos, and it gave me positive role models to inspire me to strive for recuperation and success in life.”