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NAMI Greater Milwaukee

3732 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 106     Milwaukee, WI 53208-3166


414-344-0447     Fax: 414-344-0450     Email us at:


NAMI Greater Milwaukee is a community-based, self-help, support, education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with mental illness, their families and those touched by mental illness.

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Please join us for the 2014 NAMI Greater Milwaukee Awards Dinner & Auction! Click on the "Dinner" button to the left for our secure online payment system.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 8th 2014; Reception at 5:30pm, Dinner at 7:00pm

WHERE: Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee 53202

SEVERE WEATHER CLOSINGS: We will close the NAMI Greater Milwaukee office on those days that Milwaukee Public Schools announce they are closing.

NAMI Connection   


NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a weekly support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each other's experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.  There is no need to register for the group. 

It will take place every Saturday from 10am-11:30am here at the NAMI office. 

 Each group:

  • Meets weekly for 90 minutes

  • Is offered free of charge

  • Follows a flexible structure without an educational format

  • Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies

All groups are confidential - participants can share as much or as little personal information as they wish.

Meetings will be guided by NAMI Connection’s Principles of Support

NAMI Connection is supported by AstraZeneca.


Monthly Education Meeting


We have a Guest Speaker the last Monday of every month (except November & December) who will discuss a different topic of interest concerning mental health.  The meeting takes place at the NAMI Greater Milwaukee office, 3732 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 106. Entrance off the parking lot (in rear). 

The next meeting will be: Monday, July 28th 2014

This Month's Topic:

Suicide Prevention

The topic of this month’s presentation will be Suicide Prevention. Presenters will be Tiffany M. Wilhelm, Crisis Stabilization Program Coordinator at LaCausa and Adrienne O’Neil, Information and Outreach Coordinator with Mental Health America (MHA). They will provide some statistics on rates of suicide, information on behaviors to look for and how you can help. There will be a discussion afterward on how this affects children and families.

PLEASE NOTE: The Informational Meeting on Schizophrenia Related Disorders has been postponed until the August Monthly Education Meeting on Monday, Aug. 25th 2014.

For more information or to make a disability related accommodation request please contact Shirley Drake at 414-344-0447 or email



Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.  Peer-to-Peer consists of ten 2-hour units and is taught by two NAMI-trained "Mentors" and one Volunteer who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

We are planning a session in July; if you would like information or wish to register for the next class please call us at 414-344-0447 or email to  






A new class is beginning on Wednesday, May 28th 2014 and will take place every Wednesday until August 13th. Classes are from 6:00-8:30pm.

The class will be held at Walking in the Spirit Ministry at 6420 W. Mitchell St. in West Allis. Plenty of parking is available.

If you are interested in signing up for this class or a future class or if you would like more information, please contact Shirley at 414-344-0447 or email


WRAP Group (Bilingual)

 WRAP GROUP for Spanish Speakers

Wellness Recovery Action Plan

We will provide the materials needed to help you begin to develop your personal action plan. Group discussion will be facilitated by Serge Blasberg, State Certified Peer Specialist, trained in developing WRAP plans, and Bilingual co-facilitator Jeanette Arellano. Recovery is attained through hard work, self awareness and knowledge. Come join us as we support one another in our pursuit of living productive, healthy and socially satisfying lives. This group is FREE, and works best when completing the full four weeks.

Key elements:

  • Wellness Toolbox
  • Daily Maintenance Plan
  • Identifying Triggers and an Action Plan
  • Identifying Early Warning Signs and an Action Plan
  • Identifying When Things Are Breaking Down
  • Crisis Planning
  • Post Crisis Planning.


WHERE: NAMI Greater Milwaukee office, 3732 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 106

Entrance is in back of the building next to the parking lot. To register or to get more information, please contact Shirley Drake at 414-344-0447 or email at

This group also provides the opportunity to teach individuals to help others develop their own WRAP plans. While this is not a formal "train the trainer", we will try to help you develop the skills needed to effectively work with others.

Reasonable Accomodations: Please contact Shirley Drake at 414-344-0447 for any disability-related accommodation requests. We will attempt to honor all requests received.



Click the button on the upper left-hand side of this page labeled "Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course" for a week-by-week class outline.


"Pieces - In My Own Voice"


NAMI's own Education and Outreach Coordinator, Brenda Wesley, has written and produced a Play;  It is titled "Pieces, In My Own Voice", and it's a thought-provoking theatrical production depicting the lives of People Living With A Mental Health Diagnosis.  To date, over 3,000 people have seen it and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

At the bottom of this page are several links to information on "Pieces"- the "Pieces" Trailer, an excerpt video and a link to the "Pieces" Facebook page.

There is also a downloadable "Pieces" Discussion Guide for the play below.

Future performances will be posted as they are finalized. FREE TO THE PUBLIC

De Familia a Familia


¡NAMI Greater Milwaukee esta encantado de anunciar una clase De Familia a Familia en Español!

La clase empieza (TBA) y continúa por 12 semanas.

El local será La Clínica de la 16 (Sixteenth Street Community Health Center) en el Salón de Conferencia B

Contactar a Guadalupe al 414-385-6272


NAMI Greater Milwaukee is pleased to announce a new Family-to-Family class in Spanish!

The class begins on (To Be Announced) and is scheduled to run for 12 weeks.

The location is the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, 1036 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr., Conference Room B.

The contact number is 414-385-6272 (Guadalupe).

NAMI Basics


·       Is your child “out of control”?  Have you “tried everything”?

·       Are you (or others) questioning your parenting skills?

·       Do you wonder or has anyone suggested your child might have ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression or any other type of “illness of the brain”?

·       Has your child recently been diagnosed with a mental illness or brain disorder?

·       Has the diagnosis provided an explanation for some of the behaviors, but raising a whole new set of frightening questions?

·       Are you feeling confused, isolated, concerned or unsure about where to go from here?


 We have been where you are and we want to help!

NAMI Basics is taught by trained parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children. NAMI Basics is an educational program that provides learning and practical insights designed specifically for parents and primary caregivers of children or adolescents living with a mental illness. 

 This FREE 6 week Course curriculum includes: 

  • The trauma of mental illness for the child and the family
  • The biology of mental illness:  getting an accurate diagnosis
  • The latest research on the medical aspects of the illness and advances in treatment
  • An overview of treatment options – treatment works
  • The impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family – caregivers and siblings
  • An overview of the systems involved in caring for children and teens


WHERE: NAMI Greater Milwaukee Office, 3732 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 106 (basement); entrance is behind the building next to the parking lot

To register or to get more information, please contact Shirley Drake at 414-344-0447 or email to


*Space is limited to the first 14 people per class to register!

Reasonable Accommodations:  Please notify NAMI Greater Milwaukee at 414-344-0447 or of your disability-related accommodation requests.  We will attempt to honor all requests received.

MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER SEARCH - Mental Health America of Wisconsin  (see "Related Links" below) has provided us with a link to their provider search engine.

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Related Files

Goods Donation Form (Word Document)
Pieces Discussion Guide (Word Document)

Related Links

Mental Health America of Wisconsin Provider Search
"Pieces" Trailer
"Pieces" Short Excerpts
"Pieces" Page on Facebook
NAMI En Espanol
Community Shares