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Peer-to-Peer Educational Program


Peer-to-Peer is a free 10-week educational program for adults (18 years and older) living with mental illness.

Would you …..

  • Like to learn more about your mental illness?
  • Interested in establishing and maintaining your wellness and recovery
  • Benefit by being around others that know what its like living with mental illness?
  • Be interested in developing a Relapse Prevention Plan?

If so, please join us for this structured program that will help you in your quest to live well with mental illness. You will learn about self-advocacy and, at the same time, create a special bond with others in the course.

Each class is two hours in length, continues for ten consecutive weeks, and uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercise and structured group processes.  The diversity of experience among the course participants affords for a lively dynamic that moves the course along.

The course is taught by two trained “mentors” who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness.

Program curriculum includes:

  • Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences; stigma; and stages of recovery
  • “It’s not my fault”-mental illnesses as no-blame disorders; brain biology and research; the challenges and benefits of medication; relapse prevention; creative visualization and mindfulness
  • Storytelling-sharing of personal experiences
  • Information and discussion about specific mental illnesses
  • Accounts of wisdom and strength
  • Substance abuse and addiction, and the role of acceptance in recovery
  • Understanding emotions; focusing on experiences of joy; spirituality, physical, and mental health
  • Suicide and prevention; coming out of isolation; mental illness and disclosure; surviving a hospital stay; advance directives
  • Hot buttons and triggers; working with providers; incarceration-survival and preparedness
  • Stages of recovery; empowerment and advocacy opportunities

Registration is now open for 2019 class

Ten consecutive Thursdays beginning Thursday, Jan 10th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill

For more information or to register contact Barbara Maier at (919) 929-7822 or

Registration is required

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