NAMI SOMD Offers Free Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program

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The Southern Maryland affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer the region’s second nine week Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Program starting on May 4, in Classroom One of Calvert Memorial Hospital.

The Peer to Peer Recovery Education Program is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

The program consists of nine two-hour units and is taught by a team of three trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.  The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and structured group processes to achieve its education objectives.  The diversity of experience among course participants affords for an inter-active dynamic that that is fundamental to course delivery and peer-based outcomes.   

Each weekly session is heavily focused on recovery planning.  Weeks one through three of the program addresses thoughts, feelings and behaviors and provides a thorough discussion of the major mental illnesses.  In week four, course participants share experiences.  The curriculum for weeks six through nine addresses addictions, coping strategies, relationships, empowerment, advocacy, and decision making.

NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course is offered free of charge to people who experience mental illness.  You do not need to be a member of NAMI to take the course.  Classes begin Monday MAY 4th, 7 p.m. at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Classroom #1 100 Hospital Road in Prince Frederick.

To Register call (410) 414-8166.  For more information, call NAMI Southern Maryland at (301) 737-1988 Monday – Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., or leave a message and someone will call you back.  To contact the affiliate by e-mail, send a message to Sarah at

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