I think my son’s improvement in the hospital was due to new experiences and seeing people like himself – basically not feeling so alone.
NAMI’s peer-to-peer program would seem like an ideal way to continue his recovery:
Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
Peer-to-Peer consists of eight two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
Mentors are trained in an intensive three day training session and are supplied with teaching manuals.
Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.
This sounds so ideal! The only problem is that my son is not interested in it. Brushes off the idea with “doesn’t like Zoom”. How can I get him interested?