On April 19, at the Mental Wellness Center, sixteen participants celebrated their successful completion of the first NAMI Peer to Peer class here, which was observed with a presentation ceremony at which they each received a course completion certificate from Peer to Peer teachers Nick Papageorge and Michelle Williams. The ceremony was followed by a graduation party and luncheon provided by NAMI Santa Barbara. Post course evaluations completed by these graduates were universally positive – some of the comments:
“I realize that my illness is real, but not my fault! .... I am in recovery at last.
“I am planning to use my smart goal worksheet on a weekly basis to track my progress and accomplishments.”
“The guest speaker opened my awareness to see that people w/mental illness can be functional and accomplish goals.”
“I can now reach out to others better.”
“I plan to get more exercise on a regular basis, eat vegetables more often, pray more, and work on relaxation techniques I learned.”
“When we shared our stories, I felt less alone in my mental health struggle.”
“The class leaders were challenging, communicative, astute – willing to self-share; aware, alert to participants – and friendly.”
The next eight-week Peer to Peer class is being planned for Fall, 2019, so if you are someone, or know someone living with a mental health condition who wants to understand their condition better and learn coping and/or recovery skills in a safe, friendly and supportive environment, this free course may be for you! For more information or to have your name placed on a list to be contacted when class forms, email George Kaufmann firstname.lastname@example.org or call NAMI at the Mental Wellness Center: 805-884-8440 ext. 3206.