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 Aug. Nov. and Dec)
Fellowship Club at the Mental Wellness Center
First floor, 617 Garden Street, Santa Barbara

TOPIC: Partnering to Create a Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) Speaker: Elizabeth L. Stone, Advocate

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

A PAD is a legal document written in advance of the need so that the diagnosed person can document the care he/she would prefer when his/her symptoms become so exacerbated that he/she is no longer deemed competent to inform decisions about his/her treatment. It's an opportunity to have honest, mutually respectful discussions. After highlighting elements of a successful partnership among involved people, Ms Stone will provide background to, and overview of, a California PAD as well as possible relationship to a Wellness Revovery Action Plan (WRAP). Handouts and an actual PAD will be distributed.

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.