This program, unique to NAMI Santa Clara County, matches Peer PALS, or mentors, with peer consumers who can use the support of someone who has “been there.” Because Peer Pals share the experience of mental illness in common with their peer, they are in a unique position to relate with and understand their peer’s experience.
Peer PALS receive ongoing training and support from a licensed and practicing counselor who serves as advisor and a small stipend. Peer PALS and their peers will enjoy activities together while the Peer PALS support their peers in their journey to recovery, engagement in the community, and a more meaningful life.
Our Peer Pals program was featured in a five minute segment on Channel 2 News.
Our Peer Pals program was winner of last year’s Wish Book 2014 and is featured in this year’s San Jose Mercury News Wish Book.
Read the article: “Mentoring program helps mentally ill restore social connections.”
For more information about NAMI Peer Pals:
Call NAMI Santa Clara County:
(408) 453-0400 (Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
or contact us by email: PeerPals Coordinator