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“For so long my illness has been a disability. Now I can see how my experience enables me to help others. It makes what I went through worth while.”

“Using scenarios in the training really helped me understand my purpose here, which is to listen and provide the support people need in a group setting as well as to keep the group dynamic going in a healthy way.”


“During the power point on fidelity NAMI Connections clicked for me! After my mate of 9 yrs. left (just walked out) and a few other life altering events happened, one of which meds which had always worked just stopped, I went into a crisis. One of which I hadn’t been in, in a long time! A dear friend said, “Don’t worry we will be your life preserver, we won’t let you sink.” With my friends, family and NAMI, etc. I built a support safety net. I feel with the NAMI Connection program that support net just got very much stronger and has expanded and will continue to expand as NAMI Connection expands. Look at all the support I am now connected to.”

“I love this training!”

“Very well run! Though we are mostly all strangers – It was good to be able to be real, share & care – because the model was so conducive for good results.”

“I will be a much more effective facilitator because of this training!”

“I can’t think of a better way to meet people’s needs and run a great group effectively.”


“I am so excited about this program. The structure and processes offer a lot of support for facilitators.”

“I feel this material will help a lot for me and others.”

“Wow! Very impressed with the structures provided by the model.”

“I certainly would and intend to recommend this training to whoever expresses interest. The more leaders trained the more help will “be there” for the 1 in 5 people that have a brain disorder.”

“This group was one of the best things that has ever happened to me! Thank You!!”


“The techniques really work. The group guidelines and preset agenda are extremely valuable.”

“I greatly appreciate having been extended the privilege of being here. It is a most beneficial headway to becoming sincerely uncritically accepting.”

“It’s been 4 years since I’ve done a facilitator training this one is the cream of the crop!”


“I really appreciate this opportunity – thank you so much! What a great group of people – I feel validated and inspired…"

“All of the peer mentors were excellent. The curriculum was excellent. The course materials were clear and thorough. The Embassy Suites in Des Moines was fun and exciting the food was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and feel I am empowered as a consumer and a peer facilitator.”

South Carolina

“I feel relieved to know that life is what you make it and you need to play the hand you’re dealt with –SUPPORT- Playing Solitaire is not fun!"

“I thought my depression was under control, but I realized this NAMI group reinforced that I will always have the trait, but I don’t have to live in it, ONLY!"