Join us for the 2nd Annual Ride for Healthy Minds Motorcycle Ride for Mental Illness Awareness Week

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness.

1 in every 5 individuals in America, approximately 44 million adults in any given year, are affected by mental illness. Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Waukesha County for the 2nd Annual Ride for Healthy Minds and help us ‘go green’ for Mental Illness Awareness Week. This is a 50 mile motorcycle ride that begins at Hal's Harley Davidson and ends at Albanese's Roadhouse in Waukesha. Experienced Road Captains from the Kettle Moraine Chapter of the Harley Owners Group will be leading this fun ride to raise awareness about mental health.

Registration includes lunch with a beverage from Albanese’s Roadhouse in Waukesha after the ride and an ‘End Stigma Now’ Lime Green Mental Health Awareness Bandanna. The day will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a tasty lunch. 

All funds raised benefit NAMI of Waukesha County's support, education and advocacy programs for individuals and families affected by mental illness in our community.

Event Information 

Ride for A Healthy Mind Early Registration Tickets

Saturday, October 10th

Starting Location
Hal's Harley Davidson
1925 S. Mooreland  Rd.
New Berlin, WI 53151

10:00 am

Ride Departs
Promptly at 11:00 am

Early registration ends Thursday, October 8th. Registration at the door is $25 per rider/bike and $10 per passenger. 

Beyond Stigma: Let’s start the conversation! Join us for a special event in honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week. 

Please join us for an important community conversation regarding mental health, mental illness and early warning signs.  A panel including professionals and people with lived experience will help us understand early warning signs in children, adolescents and young adults, where to find help and how stigma negatively impacts our community.

Event Information

Monday, October 5, 2015

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

St. Mary’s Waukesha
225 South Hartwell

Community Room (access from the lower parking lot)

Representatives from local organizations providing support services will be on hand until 8:30 p.m. to answer questions and provide resource information.

A Light Supper will be provided

Questions: Call Mary Madden: 262-409-2741

Sponsored by St. Mary’s Christian Women Society, First United Methodist Church and NAMI Waukesha

WRAP: The Wellness Action Recovery Plan 

Our hope is to create an engaging WRAP group that serves as a transformative experience for individuals with a mental health diagnosis. The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness tool that you can use to get well, and stay well. 

NAMI Waukesha and Lutheran Social Services are have created this group in collaboration with Waukesha County Health and Human Services because we see a need for social support while providing assistance and empowerment for young adults like ourselves experiencing a mental health diagnosis. 

Who is WRAP for?

Young Adults (18-25) with a mental health diagnosis who are currently receiving treatment.

Group members will participate by referral; if you know someone who may be a good fit for this group please contact Lexi at 262-524-8886..

WRAP Information 

October 6th, October 13th, October 27th, November 17th, December 1st and December 8th

Each session builds upon the previous one so it will be important for participants to attend each session

NAMI Waukesha
217 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 300

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Please contact Lexi at 262-524-8886 or

Rec and Recovery

Our hope is to create a fun, relaxed group for individuals experiencing mental illness. Make new friends and grow your support system through engaging activities.

NAMI Waukesha and Lutheran Social Services arestarting this group in collaboration with Waukesha County Health and Human Services because we see a need for social support while providing assistance and empowerment for young adults like ourselves experiencing a mental health diagnosis.

Who is Rec and Recovery for?

Young Adults (18-25) with a mental health diagnosis who are currently receiving treatment.

Rec and Recovery Information

Meetings and Outings will be held on Tuesday evenings. Contact Lexi at 262-524-8886 or for more information about this group.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for NAMIWalks Waukesha 2015!

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 hundreds of mental health supporters joined together for NAMIWalks in Waukesha. Thank you to everyone for your hard work and dedication. Because of you,we have raised $48,886 for NAMI Waukesha's support, education and advocacy programs for individuals and families affected by mental illness. Donations are still being accepted until November 19th to help us reach our $55,000 goal.

Free Yoga Classes

Join Certified Yoga Instructor Sharon Sampon for a  yoga journey. Yoga is all about balance between breath and movement, effort and relaxation, mind and body. 

Class Information

Wednesdays from August through December 2015
6:30 to 7:15 PM

NAMI Waukesha
217 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 300
Waukesha, WI 53186

To sign up for more information call Sharon at 262-542-9027

NAMI Waukesha Survivors Helping Survivors Support Group

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Have you recently lost a loved one to suicide? Your feelings of grief, sadness, shock, isolation, anger and guilt may seem overwhelming. You may wonder if you will ever recover. These are normal responses. There is help from others who, like you, have experienced this tragedy. They want to help you recover and, most of all, they want you to know that you are not alone.

Survivors Helping Survivors is open to all family members and friends of a loved one who has completed suicide. There is no need to register, no fee and you are welcome to attend as often as you would like. 


2nd Tuesday of Each Month
6:30–8:30 pm

NAMI Waukesha
217 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 300
Waukesha, WI 53186.

Please contact Mary at 262-409-2741

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Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all families and individuals dealing with a brain disorder. The in-person group experience of NAMI Basics provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.


  • Meets for six sessions, 2.5 hours each, free of cost.
  • Designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness.
  • Taught by a team of trained teachers who are family caregivers of individuals who developed symptoms of mental illness as children.
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.


  • A toolkit of information
  • Up-to-date information on a range of mental illnesses and their impact on the brain.
  • Current research on treatments including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects.
  • Preparation for interactions with the mental health care system, school system and juvenile justice system.
  • Training in preparedness and emotional resiliency
  • Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively.
  • Strategies for self-care and for navigating the challenges presented by mental illness for each family member.
  • Empowerment as an effective advocate for your child.
  • Confidence and stamina for life-long understanding and support.
  • A COMMUNITYPerhaps most importantly, as a participant you can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone.

Join US

NAMI Basics Dates   
Start Date:  Sat, October 10, 2015
End Date:  Sat, November 14, 2015

9:00–11:30 AM
Exact location is TBD

Robyn Hardt-Schultz and Christy Bowden

To Register
Please contact Barbara Ducey
(262) 409-2743