June 29, 2024

Informal and Formal Family Peer Support: The Impact and the Evidence,

Wednesday, July 30 | 1:30 – 3:00 PM EST

Family peer support provides hope and community for families of loved ones with mental health and substance use challenges, serious mental illnesses, and/or serious emotional disturbances.

Join us for the final session of this four-part series about peer support as our panelists discuss both the research behind family peer support and share stories from personal lived experiences.

Through presentations from our panelists, you’ll gain understanding on the research behind family peer support and its positive impacts. Panelists will include:

  • Kyllor and Crystal Degraff, whose lived experiences highlight the benefits of family peer support services
  • Rikki Harris, CEO of National Federation of Families’ affiliate TN Voices, where families can receive formal family peer support through direct support, training, and advocacy
  • Dr. Kimberly Hoagwood, a Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University and one of NAMI’s Basics evaluators, who will share research on informal and formal family peer support services along with next steps to build the evidence base for this essential behavioral health service
  • Dr. Teri Brister, Chief Program Officer at NAMI, will share an example of an evidence-based informal family peer support program, NAMI Basics, for parents and other family caregivers

When family peers connect families with resources and services, families can co-create plans for success. Register today to reserve your space to learn from this panel!

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Guest Speakers

Kimberly Hoagwood Headshot

Kimberly Hoagwood, Ph.D.
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University

Rikki Harris Headshot

Rikki Harris
Chief Executive Officer, TN Voices

Teri Brister Headshot

Teri Brister
Chief Program Officer, NAMI National

Kyllor and Crystal Degraff Headshot

Kyllor and Crystal Degraff
Lived Experience Experts


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