Peer Support

NAMI South Bay Peer Support Programs

NAMI South Bay offers two regular Peer Support programs:

  • Peer to Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with a serious mental illness interested in establishing and maintaining wellness and recovery. It meets one night a week  for ten weeks. For the next session, check the Calendar, email, or call (310) 892-8046
  • Connections is a recovery support group program for adults living with mental illness. It meets Thursdays (except for holidays) in Building 2 South at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Please see this map. For more information or to register, call Paul Stansbury (310) 379-2359 or email

For more information about NAMI’s peer-support programs, please check the links above, check the calendar, email, or call Paul Stansbury at (310) 892-8046.

Other South Bay Support Programs

In addition to NAMI South Bay’s programs in the South Bay, other groups offer peer-based services and support groups in the South Bay, including the following:

Recovery International

Recovery International offers meetings to men and women of all ages that ease the suffering from mental health issues by gaining skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives. In the last 79 years Recovery International has equipped over 1 million people with tools to control behavior and change attitudes.

  • Mission Statement: The mission of Recovery International is to use the cognitive-behavioral, peer-to-peer, self-help training system developed by Abraham Low, MD, to help individuals gain skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives.
  • Vision: Recovery International will be the world’s premier provider of self-help training for mental health and wellness available to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

To find a Recovery International meeting go to

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

The South Bay chapter of DBSA offers support groups for persons diagnosed with bipolar disorder, persons who think they may have a mood disorder, and supporters of persons with a mood disorder. Its mission: “To improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.” The South Bay DBSA Website states that DBSA support groups:

  • Give you the opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have been there.
  • Motivate you to follow your treatment plan.
  • Help you understand that a mood disorder does not define who you are.
  • Help you rediscover strengths and humor you may have thought you had lost.
  • Provide a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding, and self-discovery.

DBSA of South Bay support groups meet on the 2nd floor of the West Tower at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, 3325 Medical Center Drive in Torrance. Meetings are every other Thursday evening (see the DBSA South Bay Website for exact dates and times), and on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to Noon. For more information, contact Scott at (310) 497-8801, or Barbie at (310) 293-9185 or visit

Project Return Peer Support Network

In addition to NAMI South Bay’s programs in the South Bay, Project Return Peer Support Network, A peer-based group in Los Angeles which receives funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, state and federal grants, and donations from individuals and corporations, provides the following programs in or near the Los Angeles South Bay:

  • Self-Help Groups that meet weekly all across LA for discussion, friendship and social activities.
  • Warm Line – an after-hours telephone line for people living with mental health issues, aqvailable from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. English line: (888) 448-9777; Spanish line: (888) 448-4055.
  • Community Integration Program for one-on-one and group support to peers living in Institutes and other locked facilities including Metropolitan State Hospital and Twin Towers.
  • El Centrito de Apoyo operates a Spanish language center in Huntington Park as a social and educational hub to develop wellness skills and to reconnect with strengths and abilities.
  • Hacienda of Hope is a short-term, residential peer respite program in Long Beach for people in crisis who are living with mental illness. The environment is welcoming and safe. The program is staffed by peers with lived experience. It provides a unique and healing alternative to hospitalization through the power of peer support. For more information call: (562) 388-8180.
  • Hope Well, co-located with Hacienda of Hope in Long Beach, is an information and resource center managed by peers providing linkage to community services, open to anyone in need of assistance. For more information call: (562) 388-8180.
  • Bill’s Corner is a clubhouse where people can relax while playing games, socializing and connecting with each other.
  • Training – Working with LADMH, Project Return provides Peer Advocate Training throughout the year.


SHARE! Culver City and SHARE! Downtown are friendly, accessible and supportive centers where a large community of self-help groups meet each week, addressing all kinds issues such as anger management, health, depression, self-esteem, relationships, childhood abuse, substance abuse, reaching goals, and many more. The rooms are air-conditioned and comfortably furnished. SHARE! hosts more than 130 weekly meetings with monthly attendance of 5,000 people.

To find a Support Group (Printable PDFs):

Self-Help Group Sourcebook OnLine

AMHC in Maine offers a Sourcebook Online to help anyone anywhere find out about what already exists at

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