NAMI SEAZ (National Alliance for Mental Illness – Southeastern Arizona) will hold a free two-day training class for community members who are interested in becoming facilitators for NAMI’s Connections Peer Support Groups. The training is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 at the Warrior Healing Center, 1838 Paseo San Luis in Sierra Vista, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.

The training is targeted towards people who are interested in starting or facilitating a group anywhere within the area that NAMI Seaz serves, which includes Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, and Santa Cruz counties.

The Connections Peer Support Group is open to all adults age 18 and up who suffer from any type of mental illness, including conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and other disorders. The support group meetings are overseen by facilitators who have themselves experienced some type of mental illness. The role of the facilitator is to help participants understand their common objectives while remaining neutral in the discussion. NAMI provides all the assistance needed to help facilitators get their support groups up and running.

A Connections Peer Support Group has been meeting in Sierra Vista for the past 13 years. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Warrior Healing Center.

Support groups are among the best and most popular approaches to empowering and connecting people. Members of support groups gather to share common problems and experiences associated with a particular condition, illness, or personal circumstance. In a support group, people are able to talk with others who truly understand what they’re going through, and can share the insights that come from firsthand experience, making participants feel less alone and more understood.

NAMI SEAZ Executive Director Kelly Norris encourages anyone who is interested in becoming a facilitator to attend this workshop. “Leading a support group can be rewarding, challenging, and growth-enhancing,” she stated. “It’s a great way to give back to the community, by making a positive, significant impact and improving or supporting people’s lives.”

For those interested in registering for the class or for more information, email or call 520-508-3386.

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