Calling all artists! Fight stigma & provide mental health support via art!


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Mon Sep 12, 2016 06:00 PM - Fri Sep 01, 2017 07:30 PM


Penn North Community Resource Center1610 North Carey StreetBaltimore, MD 21212


The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors in a new, arts-based peer support group for adults living with mental illness. This is a unique opportunity to share and learn from others while using art as a creative outlet. Groups are a safe space to confront the challenges that all people with mental illness face, regardless of diagnosis.

Groups meet weekly for 90-minutes under the guidance of a France-Merrick Scholar who facilitates discussion around the challenges of mental illness, while also leading the group in arts-based activities. Mentors engage in the group discussion and activities, and use their affiliation with NAMI, personal experiences, and knowledge of community resources to provide peer support to participants.

Role Requirements:
▪ Personal experience having a mental illness and living well in recovery.
▪ Willingness to share one’s own lived experience with mental illness.
▪ Strong commitment to supporting individuals dealing with mental illness.
▪ Apply by completing a supplemental application and interview with Director of Programs and Services.
▪ Complete a 2-hour orientation and training.
▪ Participation in a NAMI Peer-to-Peer course and NAMI Connection Peer Support Group is encouraged but not required.
▪ NAMI membership is encouraged but not required.
▪ Responsible, good organizational skills, strong people skills. Personal interest in the arts is desirable.
Volunteer Commitment: This opportunity is limited to a small group of volunteers (2-4) to promote continuity and familiarity with support group participants. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 3 months of service, and will be scheduled to do groups 1-2 times per month (times TBD). A one-year commitment is preferred.
Minimum Age: 18 years old.

Volunteer Responsibilities:
▪ Engage in two roles simultaneously - as a participant of the support group and as a representative of NAMI Metro Baltimore - to offer respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope to participants.
▪ Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to assist with set-up and help with clean-up after the group concludes.
▪ Respect the privacy of support group attendees by creating an environment of confidentiality and by holding in confidence sensitive, private and personal information. However, you must also be prepared to break confidentiality when you believe there is a danger of harm to a participant or others.
▪ Provide feedback to Director of Programs and Services as needed.
▪ Encourage attendees to join NAMI and become advocates.
▪ Actively pursue maintaining your own wellness and respect your own emotional and physical limitations.

* Mentors are not facilitators or counselors; rather, they are present to assist as a resource person on-site to provide psychoeducational information and support to participants in collaboration with the France-Merrick Scholar serving as the lead support group facilitator.


  • People Skills
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Mental Health
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Community Outreach
  • Visual Arts

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-6 hours/month for 12 weeks min; 1 yr preferred
  • ▪ Diagnosed mental illness & Living well in recovery ▪ 2-hour training

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