We are excited to now offer the Peer PALS program in San Francisco! This innovative program was created by our sister affiliate, NAMI Santa Clara. Learn more about our success with this program in this article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Peer PALS matches a trained peer mentor with an individual who can use the support of someone who has "been there." Because mentors share the experience of mental illness in common with their peer, they are in a unique position to relate with and understand their peer's experience. We especially recommend this program for anyone who left an in-patient treatment program within the past 6 months.
Need a Mentor?
A Peer PALS mentor will support you as a peer in your journey to recovery, engagement in the community, and leading a more meaningful life. Mentors and their peers enjoy weekly activities together like meeting in a coffee shop, walking in the park, or visiting a museum. You'll also receive bi-weekly phone calls from your mentor to connect and check in, offering that little boost of support that we all need sometimes. This Mentor-Peer relationship is supported for 4 months at a time.
To apply for a mentor, please complete the online Self Referral Form.
Case workers and care providers looking to refer candidates for this program should email Anne Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to become a Mentor?
Peer PALS mentors receive ongoing training and support from a licensed and practicing counselor who serves as an advisor. Mentors receive a small stipend for the time they dedicate to this program. Professional training is provided through NAMI San Francisco and NAMI California.
In general, we ask that prospective mentors meet the following criteria:
Be a person with lived experience able to draw upon their life as an example of living in wellness and recovery
Ability to work well with diverse individuals who may be homeless, actively struggling with mental health problems and/or co-occurring issues
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to handle tasks with proven organizational skills
Demonstrated computer skills and access to a computer for use of reports and email notifications
Available to connect with a mentee for a minimum of 3 hours per week
Available to attend 40 hours of educational training and professional meetings over a period of 6 months
To apply to become a Mentor, please complete the online Mentor Application.