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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Anna Killpack, Executive Director
Main Address:
403 Front Street
PO Box 143
Neola, IA 51559
Volunteer Opportunity:

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Instructor

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions, and informative videos. However, as with all NAMI programs, it does not include recommendations for treatment approaches.

What Participants Gain:
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a safe, confidential space. The course provides an opportunity for mutual support and growth. Experience compassion and understanding from people who relate to your experiences. This is a place to learn more about recovery in an accepting environment.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps individuals:
- Set a vision and goals for the future.
- Partner with health care providers
- Develop confidence for making decisions.
- Practice relaxation and stress reduction tools.
- Share your story.
- Strengthen relationships.
- Enhance communication skills.
- Learn about mental health treatment options.

Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a "Relapse Prevention Plan" to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.

Requirements and information for this training:
- Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people living with any mental illness who are
interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
- Peer-to-Peer classes are led by a team of two peers - called leaders - whose experience has brought them
together and none claims to have special knowledge. These peers assist the participants in the journey of the course of nine sessions.
- These leaders are required to maintain fidelity to the manual; provide sincere, uncritical acceptance of the
participants and foster this attitude among the participants; minimize personal comments to just what is needed to illustrate a point.
- When you are trained as a leader of this class, you will be asked to commit to present the Peer-to-Peer course in your county of residence twice within two years of training.
- Leaders are trained in an intensive two-part program. First, you will be required to take an online training
course. Once that is complete, you will then attend a 1.5 day in-person training session.
- NAMI Membership is required.


Open to

Skills Needed

No skills required


Next occurrence is
Thu, 06/30/2022  
(6:30pm - 9pm)
Repeats every week on Thursday 51 times.
Thursday, June 30th, 2022
Flexible Timing
Volunteer timing is flexible within the designated time frame, or opportunity can be scheduled directly with nonprofit.

Location Details

Offsite Location
Indoor Project