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For Individuals living with Mental Illness

These NAMI programs are designed for Individuals living with Mental Illness:


What is NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Program?

Peer-to-Peer 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 course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.

What does the course include?

Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

Mentors are trained in an intensive three day training session and are supplied with teaching manuals.

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.

Please check the calendar for registration and available sessions

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Friendship Network

Friendship Network’s goal is to help alleviate the feelings of isolation and loneliness that members experience because of their illness. By participating in the program, they meet other members and begin to develop friendships. Most feel free to be themselves because of shared experiences and mutual understanding.

Through introductions and group participation, members are offered a chance to develop or redevelop the social skills they may have forgotten. Our eventual goal is for our members to develop the self-confidence necessary to expand their social life beyond Friendship Network.

If you are 20 years or older and feel lonely or isolated because you suffer from a mental illness such as an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder (aka manic depression), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, phobias such as agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder, or any other mood, personality, or mental health disorder, the NAMI Queens/Nassau-sponsored program FRIENDSHIP NETWORK is for you. Serving the five boroughs of New York City (Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Brooklyn), Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk County), Westchester County and Northern New Jersey, the Friendship Network is a unique not-for-profit organization which introduces men and women recovering from mental illness to one another.

If your condition has stabilized and you are working, volunteering or attending a program… and if you are interested in meeting and making a friend, FRIENDSHIP NETWORK is for you!

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NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 60- or 90-minute presentation.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this presentation will provide you:

  • A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.

What People are Saying

“Amazing presentation with amazing presenters! You 100% erased any stigma I used to associate with mental illness.”

“Several of the mental health staff stated that they saw recovery as a real option—for the first time ever.”

“Participating in the IOOV program is the single most effective thing I am doing to maintain my mental health. Time after time I see the audience respond with curiosity and interest. I know I am changing the face of mental illness and that I have transformed my pain into the power to make a difference.”

Schedule an IOOV Presentation

If you would like to host a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation, contact If the presentation isn’t already available, ask to bring it to your community.

A Spanish-language version of NAMI IOOV, En Nuestra Propia Voz de NAMI, is available in a limited number of states.


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