Peer-to-Peer Educational Program
Peer-to-Peer is a free 10-week educational program for adults (18 years and older) living with mental illness.
Would you …..
- Like to learn more about your mental illness?
- Interested in establishing and maintaining your wellness and recovery
- Benefit by being around others that know what its like living with mental illness?
- Be interested in developing a Relapse Prevention Plan?
If so, please join us for this structured program that will help you in your quest to live well with mental illness. You will learn about self-advocacy and, at the same time, create a special bond with others in the course.
Each class is two hours in length, continues for ten consecutive weeks, and uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercise and structured group processes. The diversity of experience among the course participants affords for a lively dynamic that moves the course along.
The course is taught by two trained “mentors” who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness.
Program curriculum includes:
- Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences; stigma; and stages of recovery
- “It’s not my fault”-mental illnesses as no-blame disorders; brain biology and research; the challenges and benefits of medication; relapse prevention; creative visualization and mindfulness
- Storytelling-sharing of personal experiences
- Information and discussion about specific mental illnesses
- Accounts of wisdom and strength
- Substance abuse and addiction, and the role of acceptance in recovery
- Understanding emotions; focusing on experiences of joy; spirituality, physical, and mental health
- Suicide and prevention; coming out of isolation; mental illness and disclosure; surviving a hospital stay; advance directives
- Hot buttons and triggers; working with providers; incarceration-survival and preparedness
- Stages of recovery; empowerment and advocacy opportunities
Registration is required