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Public education is a cornerstone of our efforts to increase public awareness and bolster support for those affected by mental illness.


Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) is an intensive 40 hour training program designed for law enforcement based on the Memphis Model of CIT. Nationally recognized for its effectiveness, CIT training helps law enforcement personnel learn to recognize basic signs and symptoms of mental illness along with skills to de-escalate a crisis situation. It was first brought to Wisconsin in 2004. Go to for more information. 

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Crisis Intervention Partners (CIP) is an adaptation of the CIT training that runs for 16 hours and is customized for various audiences such as department of corrections, hospitals, practitioners, universities, etc. 

Visit the new CIT/CIP website, powered by NAMI Wisconsin!.

Hearing Voices Simulation This interactive exercise simulates what it is like to hear voices and was developed to try to give health workers and relatives some insight into what it is like to hear intrusive, negative and commanding voices. Trained NAMI facilitators offer this 60–90 minute exercise to a variety of audiences.

NAMI Public Speakers Trained NAMI speakers are available to present to your business, civic group, class, conference, etc on a variety of topics such as: the basics of mental illness, mental illness and stigma, the personal experience with mental illness, the family experience with mental illness. Book NAMI Public Speaker

NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference features nationally recognized keynote speakers, 30+ interactive breakout sessions, evening entertainment and more. The statewide conference is held each May and is open to the public. Learn more