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NAMI Adult Peer Mentoring Program

NAMI Palm Beach County (PBC) offers a peer support/mentoring program for adults living with mental health conditions. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.

Program Description

NAMI PBC’s Adult Peer Mentoring Program offers one-one-one mentoring from a NAMI PBC Peer Mentor who is in sustained recovery from living with a mental health condition. Peer Mentors work with individuals living in Palm Beach County* who are experiencing mental health challenges. The program is offered at no cost to the individual served. The Mentor meets with the individual weekly, in the individual’s home or in the community.**

The program focuses on the unique needs of the individual served and can assist with a variety of aspects of living in recovery from a mental health condition. NAMI PBC’s Peer Mentors build empowering peer relationships by offering hope, as well as recovery, support and advocacy resources, from a perspective of having experienced and successfully navigated living with a mental health condition. Peer Mentors assist individuals (peers/mentees) to develop problem solving and decision making skills, life skills, social skills, school and/or work success skills, build relationships, participate in community activities, access community resources, advocate on their own behalf and more.

*Must be a Palm Beach County resident

**Mentors are delivering remote peer mentoring services during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of individuals served, as well as the safety of the mentors, until further notice.

Program Goals

The goals of this program are to help connect individuals with a mental health condition (especially those living in isolation) to existing community services, set and meet life goals, build natural supports into their lives, and otherwise develop skills and habits that will support their inclusion and recovery.

Who does the program serve?

NAMI Palm Beach County’s Adult Peer Mentoring Program serves Palm Beach County adults (18 years and older) who have a mental health condition. The individual does not need to have an official diagnosis and a “mental health
condition” can be anything from anxiety, depression or ADHD to PTSD, bipolar disorder or
schizophrenia — or anything in between.

Referrals

Individuals, family members, or agency/healthcare personnel may refer to this service by calling NAMI PBC and requesting Peer Mentoring Services. The caller will provide information to the NAMI PBC Program Manager. The Program Manager will match a Peer Mentor to work with the individual and will contact the individual requiring services to schedule an initial meeting to open services. Subsequent weekly meetings will be scheduled by the Peer Mentor and individual served.

To make a referral, please call the NAMI PBC Program Manager at (561) 323-2770.*

*Phone while working remotely due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic: (802) 230-7679.

Eligibility

NAMI PBC’s Peer Mentors link individuals living with a mental health condition in Palm Beach County and who are often not connected to clinical services and/or a support network, to existing services, programs, and groups. After establishing rapport with the individual and working towards the individual’s personal goals, the Mentor will strive to connect the individual with peer drop-in programs, peer support groups, and peer classes, working to build a network of trust and support. Ultimately, for those who could benefit, yet are not accessing them, the use of clinical services will be discussed. This is a topic frequently addressed in NAMI PBC support groups and educational programs.

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