NAMI Wisconsin Programs
NAMI Wisconsin provides trainings of NAMI program teachers annually. Talk to your local affiliate if you are interested in becoming a program facilitator.
FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is for families, caregivers and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills, and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. NAMI Family-to-Family was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA.
The course consists of 12 two-and-a-half hour sessions. Trained family members teach the course. The Family-to-Family Program is offered at no cost to the participants. Created by Joyce Burland, Ph.D., the Family-to-Family Program has become an integral program within the NAMI Wisconsin organization, and has brought hope, understanding, and acceptance to families affected by mental illness.
BASICS EDUCATION PROGRAM
NAMI Basics is an education program designed for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness.
This free course consists of 6 two-and-a-half hour classes of instructional material, discussions and interactive exercises offered in a series of weekly classes to accommodate the time constraints of families with children. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parents or caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants. It can offer you practical advice on addressing issues related to mental illness and your loved one and gives you the appropriate space to have your personal needs met so that you can provide the best possible care for your family member.
The NAMI Family Support Group is a 60-90 minute session free of charge. Attendance is optional and confidential. People are free to attend whenever they feel the need, and new participants are always welcome.
NAMI Homefront is the newest educational course for family, caregivers and friends (over age 18) of military Service Members and Veterans living with mental illness. The class provides critical information and strategies related to care given in an interactive, presentation, discussion and exercise-based class.
The course meets for 2.5 hours every week for 6 weeks and is offered at no cost to attendees. It is taught by trained family members of Service Members/Veterans living with mental illness.
MIDLIFE AND AGING FAMILIES: PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Planning for the Future is an educational event designed to help family members of individuals who have mental illnesses create a plan to ensure the needs of their loved one are met after they are gone. The 1-day workshop covers legal issues and financial planning, social security and entitlement benefits and a panel of family members and consumers speak about their experiences planning for the future well-being of their loved one.
ENDING THE SILENCE
NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation designed to teach high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs.
Ending the Silence is a 50-minute presentation, free of cost, led by a team of trained presenters including a young adult living in recovery from mental illness.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a unique, recovery education course open to any individual living with a serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
This free course consists of 10 two-hour classes designed to encourage growth, healing and recovery among participants. It is taught by a team of two trained "mentors" who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
IN OUR OWN VOICE
NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV) unmasks mental illness, using speaker stories to illustrate the individual realities of living with mental illness. You gain a better understanding of what it is like to live with mental illness and stay in recovery. NAMI In Our Own Voice can change attitudes, preconceived notions and stereotypes regarding mental illness.
It consists of a 60-90 minute presentation designed for the general public and is one of the “best practices” for stigma reduction and public education. Trained IOOV speakers are individuals living in recovery from mental illness.
NAMI CONNECTION RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
NAMI Connection groups offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with serious mental illness, where people learn from each other's experiences and offer each other encouragement and understanding. Meetings follow a flexible structure without an educational format. NAMI Connection groups do not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies.
NAMI Connection is a 90-minute weekly or monthly support group for individuals living with mental illness. Attendance is optional and confidential. People are free to attend whenever they feel the need, and new participants are always welcome. NAMI Connection groups are run by trained facilitators living with mental illnesses who are at a point in their recovery where they can "give back" to others. Everyone is a valued participant.
NAMI Wisconsin Peer Support Group
NAMI Wisconsin Peer Support Group offers peer support in a safe and caring environment. Each support group is led by trained facilitators who have moved forward in their recovery journey with the support of their peers. The group begins with a one minute introduction from each participant and the facilitators, moves into a 15-30 minute educational discussion and then on to open discussion to address the specific needs of the group. Every group ends with a 5 minute activity that focuses on strength and recovery.
This model was developed by people living in recovery themselves. It relies heavily on the strengths of the facilitators and the group participants and less on rigid structure of other support group models.