May 08, 2020

Peer support — individuals with lived experience helping other individuals with lived experience — is an important part of mental health recovery. Peer support specialists are often trained, certified and prepared to help with recovery, much like a therapist but with different schooling and credentials. In times of widespread crisis like our country is experiencing now, when the mental health field is overburdened, these specialists are more important than ever.

Learn from experts at NAMI and Mental Health America, the nation’s leading organizations that provide peer-based support for mental illness recovery, about just how valuable peer support can be times of crisis. We will also cover key NAMI resources you can access right now to find peer support. Topics covered will include:

  • What is peer support?
  • What do peer support specialists do? How has their role changed during this pandemic?
  • The unique value peer support offers to mental health treatment
  • NAMI support groups you can access virtually right now for peer support
  • How the NAMI HelpLine offers support and resources every day

Our Experts

Patrick Hendry, Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports & Services, Mental Health America
Trisha Chaung, Program Manager, NAMI
Dawn Brown, Director of Community Engagement, NAMI
Jeremiah Rainville, NAMI Peer Leadership Council Chair


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NAMI HelpLine is available M-F, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET. Call 800-950-6264,
text “helpline” to 62640, or chat online. In a crisis, call or text 988 (24/7).