Are you socially isolated due to a mental health issue?  Do you have a hard time getting out of bed, or lack the energy or ability to make appointments, go to support groups or otherwise work on your recovery.  You want to consider requesting a NAMI Peer PAL.

What is a Peer PAL?

A Peer PAL is someone who has “been there”, is doing well in his/her recovery, and as a result wants to share their hope and friendship with a peer who also has a diagnosis of mental illness. Peer PALS receive ongoing training and support from a licensed and practicing counselor who serves as advisor, and they earn a small stipend for time they work.  They visit their peers at least once a week and also call at least once a week. A Peer PAL and their peer enjoy activities together, and discuss and work on issues important to the peer. Thus, Peer PALs support their peer in their journey to recovery, engagement in the community, and a more meaningful life.

Our Peer PALS program was featured in a this five minute segment on KTVU Channel 2 News

  View Peer PALS Program Brochure

How do I get more information about NAMI Peer PALS?

  • Call the NAMI Santa Clara County Warmline Help Desk:  (408) 453-0400 option 1 (Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
  • Email the PeerPals Coordinator

How do I request a Peer PAL?

* Note: Only the person with a mental illness may request a Peer Pal.  The NAMI Peer PALS program does not accept referrals to the program from family, friends or mental health professionals.

How do I become a Peer Pal?

  • To become a Peer Pal, you need to have graduated from the NAMI Peer-to-Peer education class, or the College of San Mateo Peer Mentor program, or other equivalent peer mentor training
  • Download and complete a Peer Pal Job application
  • Mail your completed application to:
    Laura Paulson, Peer PALS Advisor
    NAMI Santa Clara County
    1150 S. Bascom Ave Suite 24
    San Jose, CA 95128
    or scan, attach and email application to: peerpals@namisantaclara.org