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NAMI Waukesha Advocacy Committee 

Are you passionate about raising awareness for mental health? NAMI Waukesha is looking for new members of the newly formed Advocacy Committee 

NAMI of Waukesha County has always recognized the need for community, volunteer led, mental health advocacy.  As a result of this, in 2016 we decided to increase our emphasis on legal, institutional and educational advocacy on behalf of the one in five individuals in our community who are affected by mental health conditions by creating the NAMI of Waukesha County Advocacy Committee.  The committee is comprised of passionate and enthusiastic members from all backgrounds, experience levels and walks of life.  They are united by the belief that everyone deserves high quality, affordable access to mental health resources and they are dedicated to ensuring the availability of services through various advocacy activities.

The Advocacy Committee focuses on Mental Health Awareness, Availability, Access and Acceptance.  We develop specific action plans and outreach agendas aimed at helping our neighbors with their struggles.  The committee will continue to meet monthly throughout 2017 and we invite anyone who is interested in helping us to join and lend their time, talent and support.

For more information on joining this important NAMI of Waukesha County initiative, please contact Cathy Friend at 262-409-2748 or cathy@namiwaukesha.org.

New NAMI Waukesha Support Groups

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NAMI Waukesha Total Recovery Support Group

A Peer Support Group for people living with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Concerns.

Total Recovery is a safe and supportive place to discuss issues concerning recovery from both substance abuse and mental health disorders. At Total Recovery support group we share our experiences, coping strategies, and understanding with each other, in the hope that our shared wisdom will increase our understanding and hope and decrease suffering and isolation.For individuals who are seeking recovery from a co-occurring mental health condition and substance use disorder.

2nd and 4th Thursday of Every Month

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

NAMI Waukesha Office
217 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 300
Waukesha, WI 53186
(Parking is located behind building)

Questions? Contact Ken at 262-409-2740 or ken@namiwaukesha.org

NAMI Parent Support Group

This support group is for parents andcaregivers who have a child under the age of 18 affected by a mental health condition.  Parent peer facilitators guide the group and provide information about local resources and share emotional support to alleviate isolation.

Please note:  This group is for adult parents and caregivers only. Due to the sensitive nature of the discussions, children are not allowed to attend this group and child care is not provided. There is no need to pre-register for attendance at this support group.

First and Third Wednesday of Every Month 

6:30 pm– 8:30 pm

NAMI Waukesha Offices
217 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 300
(Parking behind the building)

Questions? Contact Barb or Denise at 262-409-2743 or barb@namiwaukesha.org, denise@namiwaukesha.org

NAMI Family Support Group

NAMI Family Support Groups, offered by NAMI Affiliates in communities across the country, are free, confidential and safe groups of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. In NAMI Family Support Groups, families join a caring group ofindividuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived
experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health conditions

Fourth Tuesday of Every Month 

Crosspoint Community Church
W380 N6931 N. Lake Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Conference Room

Questions? Contact Barb or Denise at 262-409-2743 or barb@namiwaukesha.org, denise@namiwaukesha.org

Take the Pledge to be Stigma Free

In a country where 1 in 5 people are affected by a mental health condition, it's time for all of us to step and change the conversation. Join Mayim Bialik and pledge to be #StigmaFree.

1. Take the Pledge
2. Record Your Video
3. Upload your video to your YouTube channel and other social media accounts. Be sure to include #StigmaFree in the title of your video

NAMI Waukesha Executive Director Honored at the Milwaukee Business Journal Women of Influence Awards

On June 17th NAMI Waukesha's Executive Director, Mary Madden was honored as a 2016 Milwaukee Business Journal Women of Influence in the Inspiration category for all of her hard work and dedication as a mental health advocate. Please join us in congratulating Mary for this accomplishment. 

NAMI Waukesha voted the 2015 Small Nonprofit of the Year

On Thursday, October 15, 2015, NAMI of Waukesha County was honored at the Waukesha County Executive Awards as the Small Nonprofit of the Year. We are truly honored to receive this award from Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and are thankful for everyone who was involved in choosing NAMI Waukesha as the recipient of this award.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who worked tirelessly to help us accomplish our mission of sharing the hope of recovery with individuals and families affected by mental illness in our community. This award would not be possible without all of our volunteers and supporters. 

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.

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To Learn About Upcoming NAMI Basics Class Dates Please visit the Education Tab and click on NAMI Basics.