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Peer-to-Peer with Monica and Latasha

Monica Wolters

Monica Wolters

What courses are you trained to lead?

NAMI Connection Group Facilitator, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Mentor, and In Our Own Voice (IOOV) presenter and state trainer

How long have you been leading the course?

I have been working with NAMI and attending the Connection Support Group beginning in 2009. I was trained to facilitate Connection groups in 2010, and took the NAMI P2P education class shortly after. The NAMI P2P class was extremely therapeutic and rewarding for me, and I found many new close friends of which I am still friends with today. To further enhance my recovery and to improve my communication skills, I trained to be a P2P mentor in 2012. I also trained to be an IOOV presenter and began openly telling my story to a wide variety of audiences. I lead my first P2P class in 2015 after becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist at Hinds Behavioral Health.

Why did you start to lead NAMI courses?

I am a learner by nature and love to learn new skills. My ultimate goal is to constantly improve myself and to empower others. I found the NAMI programs enhanced my recovery and dramatically helped me to improve my communication skills. NAMI’s signature programs helped me to achieve my goal of becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist.

What is the best part of leading NAMI course?

The best part is getting to know new people and learning from them. Every P2P class is different with unique and beautiful individuals. We learn from each other and everyone has their own personal gifts they contribute to the class.

What would you want potential participants to know about you?

Most of all, I am a Christian and believe all things are possible through Christ. One of my goals is to stop the stigma attached to mental illness.  For me, the stigma can be worse than the disease.

 

Latasha Willis

Latasha Willis

What courses are you trained to lead?

I am trained to lead NAMI Peer-to-Peer, which is designed to provide life skills for people with mental illness.

How long have you been leading the course?

I will be co-facilitating the course for the first time this spring.

Why did you start to lead NAMI courses?

I learned a lot as a Peer-to-Peer student and wanted to help spread the same knowledge that I have gained.

What would you want potential participants to know about you?

I want them to know that just because I am helping to lead the Peer-to-Peer course doesn’t mean that I have it all together. I was diagnosed in 1998 and still have my ups and downs despite learning ways to cope and manage over the years. I want to be an example of what it’s like to be perfectly imperfect as a person with mental illness.

Monica and Latasha are co-facilitating the Peer-to-Peer class for Central Mississippi starting Monday, March 12 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Hinds Behavioral Health Services in Jackson. For more information and to register, go to the event page or send an email to education@namims.org.  

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