Have you been diagnosed with a mental health condition? Are you discouraged? Do you feel alone? Do you want to beat this health condition and find your way to wellness and recovery? You may want to consider NAMI Community Peer Program.

NAMI Community Peer Program

Receiving a diagnosis with a mental health condition can be a traumatic experience. You can feel hopeless and alone. Please know that RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE!

Studies have shown that in addition to medical treatment and psychotherapy, social connections play a significant role in recovery.

NAMI Community Peer Program is a 4-month program designed to assist motivated individuals in their wellness and recovery, by connecting them with a Peer, who is also living with a mental health diagnosis and is doing well in their own recovery journey.

A motivated individual is someone with a mental health condition, who is trying to find a way to deal with that diagnosis, learn more about their condition, and gain hope for a better future.

The peers in this program are NOT counselors or therapists. They DO NOT fix, save, give advice or set the participant in this program straight. Instead, they share the journey of living with a mental health condition and work with the participant in taking steps towards their wellness and recovery. Click HERE for the flyer.

What can I expect from this program?

For the length of the program, a Peer will provide support to the participants in the following ways:

  • Two calls per week from a Peer, lasting 15 – 30 min.
  • One visit per week, lasting 1-3 hrs in the local community (Santa Clara County).
  • The participant will set a goal and work on reaching the goal.
  • The Peer will provide resources and support to the participant to reach the goal they set.

Commitment expected from the participant:

The participant will have to

  • Attend recovery groups suggested by the Peer.
  • Review coping skills with the Peer.
  • Go on walks with the Peer to have conversations.
  • May occasionally meet with the peer for coffee or tea at a common place.

How do I request a Peer Connector?

*Note: Only a person with a mental health condition may request a Peer Connector. NAMI Community Peer Program does not accept referrals to the program from family, friends or mental health professionals.

  • Send your completed application to Peer Connector Program in one of the following ways:
    • By Mail:

Community Peer Program

NAMI Santa Clara County

1150 S. Bascom Ave Suite 24

San Jose, CA 95128

    • By Email:

Scan, attach and email the completed application to cpp@namisantaclara.org