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For Individuals living with Mental Illness








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

Peer to Peer is a mental health, wellness and recovery program open to any adult (18+) with a mental health condition. It provides participants with education, skills and support to enhance their lives. Participants learn how to strengthen relationships, balance changing health care needs and better understand their mental health and recovery.

The course includes:

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 open groups

Please send us an email or visit the calendar and click on the class page that works for your schedule. Fill in all of the information requested and you will be placed on our “Group Interest List”. Someone from the NAMIQN office will call you to complete the registration process and confirm that this group is best for you. Please contact us for more detail,


NAMI/QN Unites

NAMI Queens/Nassau is pleased to announce the ground breaking for a new socialization group called NAMI/QN Unites. We are collecting ideas for activities and thoughts for what you would like to do. This is about connection, making friends and having fun for people who are struggling with a mental health disorder. There will be many new faces. This is about you and for you!.

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

To learn more please call the NAMI Queens/Nassau office or email,

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.”

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.

Applications are now available for training for NAMI In Our Own Voice. The training will be at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harriman, NY. You must have completed online training prior to submitting the application. If you are interested in applying for the program, email David Sills:

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