One in five adults, approximately 43.8 million Americans, experience a mental health disorder each year.
NAMI Waukesha inspires the hope of recovery and deepens the understanding of mental health conditions for individuals, families and communities. All donations help us continue to offer all of our unique programs for individuals and families affected by mental health conditions in Waukesha County including the Court Support & Advocacy program and Projects Assisting in Transition from Homelessness Program.
Here are the inspiring story of two families who shows that recovery is possible. These video donated by Pixelbox Visual Design originally shown at NAMI Waukesha's Blue Jean Bingo event hosted in May.
How Your Donation Makes a Difference
In the lives of Individuals affected by mental Health conditions
NAMI Waukesha has a long history of advocating for individuals affected by mental illness. One way we do this is by offering Peer-to-Peer, a 10 week course designed to help individuals affected by mental illness achieve and maintain recovery. With your help NAMI Waukesha also offers the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness Program and the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery Program for individuals affected by mental illness and who are also experiencing homelessness.
In the lives of families affected by mental health conditions
Family -to-Family is a course facilitated by trained family members who have lived with a loved one diagnosed with mental illness. Because of you, NAMI Waukesha was able to offer five 12 week courses during 2017 for 77 individuals. NAMI Basics is a class for families who have a child (under the age of 18) affected by mental health conditions. In 2017, NAMI Waukesha facilitated two 6-week courses for 23 attendees. NAMI Waukesha’s Court Support & Advocacy Program provides a court advocate for families involved in the Chapter 51 Involuntary Commitment Process. The court advocate offers education, support and advocacy for these families. During 2017 the NAMI Waukesha Court Advocate was present at 593 Chapter 51 hearings providing support and advocacy for 371 families.
In the Community
Since 1982, NAMI Waukesha has worked to improve the understanding of mental illness and share the hope of recovery by offering information, support, education and advocacy services. We strive to enlighten the public with the goal of erasing the stigma, guilt, shame, fear, ignorance and discrimination that negatively impacts the lives of people affected by mental health conditions. In 2017, NAMI Waukesha provided hope and help to more than 5,500 individuals in our community through our classes and programs. With your support we were able to offer a number of community educational programs including Ending the Silence to provide education and stigma reduction in local high schools, Crisis Intervention Team Training for police officers and other first responders, Crisis Intervention Partners Training for educators, jail staff and others who work with individuals impacted by mental health conditions, Stories of Hope Presentations; a recovery education program that can be done for corporate groups and out in the community and a number of other educational presentations to the Waukesha County Community that can be customized upon request.
If you would like any additional information about how your donation makes a difference in the lives of those impacted by mental health conditions in our community please contact Andrea.
P (262) 409-2742
"NAMI Waukesha was a hope, it was a light. When I needed help and I was willing to ask for and accept that help, NAMI was there. They helped give me confidence and their caring enabled me to care for others." Mike
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