Peer-to Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an eight-session recovery-focused course for adults with mental health conditions. The next class is tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2019 on Fridays from 2:00-4:00 pm. This free and confidential opportunity offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope.

Educational Family Discussion Group

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the NAMI Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder.


4th Thursday evening each month (except August, November and December) 
Fellowship Club at the Mental Wellness Center, First floor, 617 Garden Street, Santa Barbara 

New Approaches to Finding a Path to Recovery from Mental Health Disorders 

Nick Papageorge, Manager, Fellowship Club Recovery Learning Center
Michelle William, Recovery Specialist, Fellowship Club Recovery Learning Center
Fellowship Club Members and Participants in First NAMI Peer to Peer Class

People living with mental health disorders, even when they find effective treatments to control symptoms of their disorder, often find that they still experience isolation and difficulty in moving forward on their journey to recovery and wellness. A number of peer run support groups and structured programs are available free of charge in our community to help these individuals get their lives back on the track to achieve their hopes and dreams for the future. Speakers will discuss how they use these tools, including the newly available NAMI Peer to Peer Class to help build the life they want to lead.

Free – Open to the Public Please join us for coffee and dessert at 6:30 pm; Program at 7:00 pm

NAMI Provides the Following Programs:

Family support groups meet weekly. Family advocate meets one-on-one by appointment to listen and to refer to community resources. Services are free.

Monthly speaker meetings. Weekly meetings on relevant mental health topics. Free 12-week Family-to-Family education seminar on understanding mental illness and coping with family issues.

Members represent NAMI's positions to public officials, mental health professionals, and community members, by communicating, attending meetings, and participating in public forums.