Peer Support

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.


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. The class will begin on April 8th and run until June 17th, taking place on Saturdays from 1pm to 3 pm. 

    To join an interest list for an upcoming Peer-to-Peer program, please fill out and submit the P2P interest form
  • Honest, Open, Proud is a three- to five- week workshop for youth and young adults ages 15-21, which guides individuals with lived experience through a process of learning about and applying principles of self disclosure regarding their mental illness and recovery. 

    To join an interest list for an upcoming Honest, Open, Proud program, please fill out and submit the HOP 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. It takes place on Tuesday nights from April 18th to June 6th from 6:15pm-8:00pm. 

    To join an interest list for an upcoming (Re)visions through Writing workshop, please fill out and submit the (Re)visions interest form.
  • NAMI Basics is is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family members of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play. It will take place on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm from April 17th to May 22nd.

        To join an interest list for an upcoming NAMI Basics session, please fill out and          
        submit the NAMI Basics interest form. The registration deadline is March 27, 2017.



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. 

With the exception of COPE, 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.
    • UPDATE:  Connecting Support will not be held on Sunday, March 12th but will resume again on Sunday, March 19th. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
  • 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.
    • UPDATE:  Bipolar/Depression is canceled for Monday, March 27th and will resume Monday, April 3rd.
  • 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, and is typically held on the 1st floor in the Goodman Room.
  • Community of Peer Empowerment (COPE) is a support group for youth and young adults ages 15-19. Registration is required for this group and must be done by a parent or guardian for youth under 18 years old. **Check back soon to see when the next group will be offered!** 

To join an interest list for an upcoming COPE Program, please fill out and submit the COPE interest form.