Peer Support and Education for Adults

NAMI Dane County peer support programs provide education, skills training and support for people who have a mental illness. Our programs are recovery focused and provided at no cost to participants.
 

EDUCATION CLASSES

NAMI Dane County education classes promote growth, healing and recovery for individuals living with a mental illness. All of our education classes are led by trained peer facilitators and follow a structured format. 

Registration is required for all education classes.

  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery education course open to any individual living with a serious mental illness. The course consists of 10 two-hour classes designed to encourage growth, healing and recovery among participants. Some of the things participants will learn include how to create a personalized relapse prevention plan, interact with health care providers, develop confidence for making decisions and reducing stress, understand the impacts of symptoms on their life, and access resources to maintain their journey toward recovery. 

    To join an interest list for an upcoming Peer-to-Peer program, please fill out and submit the P2P interest form
     
  • (Re)visions Through Writing is an eight-week workshop for anyone affected by mental illness who is interested in exploring the therapeutic processes of writing and storytelling. 

    To join an interest list for an upcoming (Re)visions through Writing workshop, please fill out and submit the (Re)visions interest form.

  

PEER SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Dane County peer support groups provide a safe space where individuals can offer support and show understanding and empathy through shared experiences. As such, these groups are closed to family members or others who may like to attend as a means of providing support to a loved one.

All peer support groups are led by a trained facilitator with lived experience and follow a structured format to ensure everyone in the group has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need. 

Unless otherwise stated, all support groups are held at the United Way Building located at 2059 Atwood Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin. Building doors are locked to the public after 4:30pm. With this in mind, we encourage you to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of your group so that the facilitator can let you into the building and your session can start on time.

Support groups are confidential and registration is not required.

  • Connecting Support is a 90-minute weekly support group for individuals living with a mental illness. The group meets every Sunday from 6:30-8pm.
     
  • Bipolar/Depression is a 90-minute weekly support group for people who have bipolar disorder and/or depression. The group meets every Monday from 6:30-8pm.

    **The bipolar/depression group will not meet at the United Way Building on May 22, June 26, July 31, August 7, September 25, October 23, or November 20. Meetings on these dates will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in the Parish Hall (1904 Winnebago St.). We apologize for any inconvenience.
     
  • Women's Anxiety/Depression is a 90-minute bi-monthly support group for women who experience anxiety/depression. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-8pm.
     
  • LGBTQ+ is a 90-minute bi-monthly support group for people who identify as LGBTQ+ and have a mental health condition. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 4:30-6pm.
     
  • Schizophrenia Anonymous is a 90- minute bi-monthly support group for individuals with schizophrenia or First Episode Psychosis. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 2-3:30pm.