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

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery-focused educational program for adults working to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material, and closes with Mindfulness Practice. Each class builds on the one before: attendance to each week is strongly recommended.

Peer-to-Peer is taught by a trained team of individuals living in recovery from mental illness, and takes place over 10 class sessions of 2 hours each. This peer-led course provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance. No specific medication or medical therapy is endorsed or recommended. Participation in this course gives individuals the opportunity to gain tangible resources – personalized plans, strategies for potential events in the future and other information – as well as a deeper understanding of your personal recovery process.

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.

Family-to-Family Course Overview

Week 1 Orientation

  • Welcome
  • Introductions
  • Course orientation
  • Questions and answers

Week 2

  • Icebreaker
  • Group ground rules
  • Discussion on course values
  • Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
  • Consumer stages of recovery
  • Stigma
  • Culture
  • Mindfulness

Week 3

  • "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
  • Mindfulness

Week 4

  • Storytelling - sharing of personal experiences
  • Mindfulness

Week 5

  • Information and discussion about:
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Relapse prevention continued
  • Accounts of wisdom and strength
  • Mindfulness

Week 6

  • Information and discussions about:
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Relapse prevention continued
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • The role of acceptance in recovery
  • Mindfulness

Week 7

  • Understanding emotions
  • Complete relapse prevention
  • Focusing on experiences of joy
  • Spirituality
  • Physical health and mental health
  • Mindfulness

Week 8

  • Suicide and prevention
  • Coming out of isolation
  • Mental illness and disclosure
  • Take-home tool for making difficult choices
  • Surviving a hospital stay
  • Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
  • Mindfulness

Week 9

  • Guest speaker
  • Hot buttons and triggers
  • Working with providers
  • Advance Directive continued
  • Incarceration - survival and preparedness

Week 10

  • Another look at consumer stages of recovery:
  • Empowerment
  • Advocacy
  • Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
  • Mindfulness
  • Evaluations
  • Celebration


What does NAMI Seattle stand for and what is its vision and mission?

NAMI Seattle, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Seattle affiliate, is one of the founding affiliates of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans impacted by mental illness NAMI. NAMI Seattle provides support, education and advocacy and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

Mission: To address the unmet mental health needs within our community through support, referral, education, and outreach.

Vision: A world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.

How can I become a NAMI member? What are the benefits of membership?

We would be pleased to welcome you to the family of NAMI Seattle members!

Click here to learn more about NAMI Seattle membership. The annual dues are $35/year (or a reduced rate of $3/year for those with financial need).

The benefits of a membership include continued support of NAMI Seattle's free programs to all those in need, a copy of our quarterly newsletter, first invitations to our new speaker series, the NAMI Advocate magazine, discounts on resources in the NAMI store, discounts at NAMI’s Annual Convention, and full access to all the information and features at

I am part of a community agency, how do I obtain NAMI Seattle materials to share?>

A part of NAMI's is mission to educate the public about mental illnesses. NAMI Seattleoffers our brochure and fact sheets on a variety of topics, including particular mental disorders, crisis worksheets and resources.

NAMI Seattle's Helpline provides a limited number of paper resources at no charge. To keep costs down and to provide materials to the greatest number of people, it is necessary to limit the number of publications we provide.

Contact the Helpline for more information.

Do you offer programs and literature in other languages?

NAMI Seattle's Resource Card is currently available in Spanish as well as English. Some NAMI programs (including Family-to-Family) are periodically available in Spanish; please contact us to learn more. 

If you would be interested in volunteering to translate any of our resources into a non-English language, we would love your help!

I recently moved. How do I update or remove my contact info from NAMI's mailing list?

If you are a member and you know your username and password, you can log in to and make the changes easily on your own.

You may also email us or call 206-783-9264.

Where can I find statistics about mental health conditions?

You can see some statistics and other information about mental health conditions here.