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 

TOPIC: Care in a Psychiatric Facility – What to Expect 

Laura Zeitz, RN – Division Chief: PHF Admin/Housing & Placements, Behavioral Wellness Dept 
Jennifer Hidrobo, LCSW – PHF Facility Manager, Behavioral. Wellness Dept. 
Gonzalo Gonzales, AMFT, Case Manager/Counselor, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital 
Nicole De Oliveira, RN, Clinical Nurse II, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital 

Speakers will describe a typical day in a psychiatric hospital – procedures, programs, medications, patients’ rights and the role of parents/family. The program will describe how it works in a private voluntary setting as well as in an involuntary locked unit setting. After brief presentations there will be time for audience questions. 

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.