"Peer to Peer teaches in 9 weeks what it took me 20 years to figure out for myself."
"Very powerful message. I am impressed with the entire curriculum. A LOT of different tools for recovery were part of the class, allowing for choice."
"The teaching support team made the program come alive. Their energy and exceiment about Peer to Peer was enlightening."
"I feel much more confident now and am not ashamed to say that I have an illness. I know that speaking candidly about myself helps to break down the stigma that exists in others."
"I love this program! Sharing it with others was empowering and refreshing."
"I am now able to look at myself in more depth with less fear. I can try to build bridges with the relationships that were interrupted by my illness."
Peer to Peer has made recovery a reality for so many people who have taken part in the program. Many of our Peer to Peer students are so pleased with the course, they move on to become mentors and trainers to help others. The following testimonials are examples of the impact this program has had in helping to foster a more positive attitude towards mental illness & the possibility of recovery.
From the students….
"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."
"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."
Read Donna’s story
An article by Donna Rosati about her experience with recovery and NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Education course
From the mentors....
"This was my first time teaching and I felt that the experience was self-revealing and reaffirming. Although I have experienced challenges with panick attacks and agoraphobia, I didn't feel overwhelmed. The other mentors were very supportive and the experience helped me to build up my self-esteem."
"It was a positive, uplifting experience that challenged me to face my own experience with mental illness in order to bring hope and support to others. In order to create the atmosphere for acceptance, understanding, and healing, I had to re-visit and choose in positive ways a mindset that would benefit me and therefore others."
Peer-to-Peer at Asilomar
Report of NAMI Santa Clara County Peer-to-Peer Training at Asilomar
From the trainers....
"I feel particularly honored and blessed to be a trainer for the Peer-to-Peer Education course. Not only do I get something new from the amazingly healing material every time I train, I get to pass that knowledge and my own enthusiasm for recovery on to my peers who, in turn, pass it on to theirs. It’s a phenomenally beautiful experience…every time."