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Client Connection Support Groups

NAMI Connections is a peer-based mutual support group for people facing mental health challenges. Led by clients, for clients. There is no need to register for this free group.

Peer-to-Peer Education

Peer-To-Peer is a 10 week series of classes that help clients along the path to recovery. People who attend report a greater understanding of their diagnosis, and a bond with others in the class. The classes are small, and are a safe place to share and learn. The emphasis is on relapse prevention and psycho-social supports. The ultimate goal is for recovery and self-advocacy. The course was written by a client, and all classes are led by clients. Pre-registration is required for this class.

In Our Own Voice - Client Speakers' Bureau

In Our Own Voice is a recovery-education program presented by trained client presenters/facilitators to other clients, families, friends and professionals. It is for anyone who needs to know how people with mental illnesses cope with the realities of their disorder, while recovering and reclaiming productive lives with meaning and dignity. Each presentation is a stand-alone event, and lasts from one to one and a half hours.

Ending the Silence

This 50-minute program designed for high school audiences and is typically presented in the freshman/sophomore health classes during the mental health portion of the curriculum. This transformational program is devoted to giving students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative PowerPoint, short videos, and personal testimony. Through the presentation, students learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness, and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support.

Art Group

NAMI's free weekly art group gives people with mental health challenges an outlet for their innate creative selves, as well as an opportunity to exhibit their art.

Tai Chi

NAMI is offering a FREE Tai Chi and Qi Gong class. These are ancient Chinese fitness systems based on relaxed body alignment and smooth flow of energy. It is a good way to relieve stress and develop body-breath-mind awareness. This class is led by Karen Fitzgerald and is open to all.

Petaluma Housing Program

NAMI Sonoma County is the proud owner of two homes in Petaluma! We received federal funds to purchase these homes. The homes are currently occupied by veterans living with mental health challenges who might otherwise have trouble finding permanent housing. Our goal is independent housing while following all Fair Housing policies. Thank you for making the dream of housing come true for people in our community.