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NAMI Peer-to-Peer Instructor

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Role Description: NAMI Peer-to-Peer Mentors are individuals living with a mental health condition and are responsible for teaching NAMI Peer-to-Peer courses (P2P).

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-week recovery education course open to individuals with mental illness who are interested in support, wellness, and recovery. The class is taught by trained mentors, individuals with lived experience. The course uses a combination of lecture, discussion and structured activities to provide information and offer opportunities to reflect on the impact of mental illness. Peer-to-Peer offers comprehensive information on the biological basis of mental illness and information on addictions, spirituality, and basic self-care.

Role Requirements:

  1. Personal experience having a mental illness and living well in recovery.
  2. Willingness to share one’s own lived experience with course participants.
  3. Strong commitment to supporting individuals dealing with mental illness.
  4. Participated in a NAMI Peer-to-Peer course.
  5. Complete 3-day NAMI training course and subsequent refresher requirements.
  6. Complete a NAMI LBA Stipend Volunteer Agreement.
  7. Volunteers are responsible for notifying the Director of Outreach & Special Projects of changes to their IRS Form W-9 information on an annual basis.
  8. Current member of NAMI, or willingness to join.
  9. Responsible, strong organizational skills and people skills.
  10. Desire to teach and a commitment to adhering to the NAMI Peer-to-Peer course curriculum.
  11. Ability to read, comprehend, and present technical material.
  12. Experience in teaching or public speaking is helpful but not required; however, volunteers must be comfortable speaking in front of groups.

Volunteer Commitment:

Volunteers are encouraged to teach the course at least twice in the 2 years following completion of training. The course meets for 2 hours each week for 8 consecutive weeks; volunteers must ensure their availability to teach for the 8 weeks of instruction.

Peer-to-Peer courses are scheduled throughout the calendar year.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  1. Work collaboratively with co-mentor to teach the class, including planning, setup/cleanup, and bringing materials.
  2. Maintain confidentiality of course participants.
  3. Assist with planning and outreach, coordinate classes, and complete all paperwork requirements (data collection and class attendance).
  4. Fulfill mentor refresher requirements.
  5. Encourage class participants to join NAMI LBA and become advocates.
COVID-19 Update:

All classes are currently being held virtually. Moving forward, we hope to offer classes in a blended environment, offering a combination of in-person and virtual instruction.

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5230 Clark Ave, Ste 2, Lakewood, CA 90712, US

Mission Statement

NAMI Long Beach Area is part of the country's largest grassroots organization active in the mental health sector, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We support people with mental illness, their families, caregivers and friends by offering education classes, support groups, awareness workshops and community trainings. We aim to educate individuals and raise awareness in the broader community about mental illness and mental health conditions, to overcome stigma often associated with mental illness, and advocate for more appropriate resources and policies to support mental health conditions. NAMI Long Beach Area partners with community-based organizations such as schools, health organizations, business, law enforcement, legal advocacy, and youth organizations.


NAMI Long Beach Area is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by mental illness, and their families, by providing mental health education, support and advocacy. We want you to know that You Are Not Alone.

  • We serve the city of Long Beach and a wide area beyond, including many neighboring cities and communities.
  • No matter where you live, you are welcome to attend our classes and support groups (currently online) if our location and services.
  • We invite you to contact us for more information and find out how we can support you.
NAMI Long Beach Area is the Long Beach, California affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to educating, advocating, supporting, and building better lives for the millions of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

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We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Please see position description

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