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Experiences When Dealing with Healthcare Professionals

Sue McKenzie – Director at Rogers InHealth
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6:30 p.m.

Please join in a conversation to discuss how healthcare can become more inclusive and supportive and less driven by personal and cultural stigma when providing services to people facing mental health challenges. What would be different if there was no shame or blame experienced in medical and mental health care for those with a history of mental health challenges?
How would we know that stigma was lessened? That then gives us a concrete focus on what to ask for from those who work in such professions. It can be a sense of personal advocacy as well as supporting what groups can do to work together to achieve.

BIO - Sue McKenzie M.A., Director (Program)
Rogers InHealth creates and distributes stories of recovery to increase understanding, hope and supportive action by people with mental illness and addiction, their friends and family, professionals and the general public. Through key initiatives to promote effective stigma reduction practices, Rogers InHealth provides collaborative leadership in the quest to eliminate the stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination that make up the stigma of mental health

Sue McKenzie has over thirty years of experience leading the development of educational programs and collaborative projects. As the Program Director for Rogers InHealth, Sue works through local and national partnerships to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Innovative program design, collaborative leadership skills, and a tenacious passion to share the reality and hope of recovery are key assets she brings to Rogers InHealth.

The Care Connection meets every Tuesday in the Vercelli Building on the grounds of St. William Catholic Church, 440 North Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Please call NAMI Waukesha at
262-524-8886 for additional information.



20th Annual NAMI Waukesha Awards Dinner


Please join NAMI Waukesha on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 as we celebrate our 20th Annual Awards Dinner.  At this event, we will honor individuals for their devotion to improving the quality of life for people affected by mental illness.  The award categories include: Consumer Advocate of the Year, Mental Health Professional of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, the Excellence in Community Service Award, and the Andrew G. Werlein Advocacy Award. 

Date:               Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time:               Cash Bar and Silent Auction begin at 5:00 PM

                        Dinner is served at 6:30 PM

                        Awards Ceremony at 7:30 PM

Location:        Holiday Inn Pewaukee Milwaukee West

                       N14W24140 Tower Place

                       Pewaukee, WI 53072

If you would like to nominate a deserving individual and did not receive a copy of nomination form, please contact Andrea at 262-409-2742 or Please Note: Nominations are due to theNAMI Waukesha Offices by Monday, January 19th in order to be considered for the 2015 Annual Awards Dinner.

NAMI Waukesha 2015 Annual Award Criteria

Consumer Advocate of the Year:  This award honors an individual with lived experience who exemplifies the qualities of self-determination, resilience, courage, and tenacity in their recovery journey. This person will have shown specific accomplishments over the last year by demonstrating the ability to live independently, obtain employment, volunteer in the community, participate in social events,  obtain additional education and training, or any other noteworthy actions.

Mental Health Professional of the Year:  This award recognizes outstanding achievement serving others whose lives have been touched by mental illness. This achievement embodies recovery in words and actions, demonstrates commitment to clients, and reflects the skills to work with diverse cultures. This individual is respected by his/her co-workers and respects all those with whom the individual interacts with each day. This person is an example to others in the areas of professional ethics, knowledge, and performance as a team member. Eligible professionals have worked in the mental health field for at least three years.

Volunteer of the Year:  This award honors an individual who has given an ample amount of time back to the community in the form of volunteering within the past year.  This individual may or may not have mental illness, but they show the compassion and desire to better the lives of those that have been affected by mental illness.  This person may have volunteered at one or many locations.  

Excellence in Community Service:  This award is given to a single individual, group of individuals, or organization that provides a service that enhances the lives of people affected by mental illness.  The recipient(s) of this award should be someone who has provided a service that has strengthened our community.

Andrew G. Werlein Advocacy Award: This award is given in honor of Andrew G. Werlein for his lifetime of dedication to advocacy and breaking stigma associated with mental illness. The recipient of this award should be someone who has worked as an advocate to fight stigma in an effort with NAMI to help people understand that mental illness is a disease and should be treated as such.





Join Certified Yoga Instructor Sharon Sampon for . . .


Wednesdays- December 10th and 17th & January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th


6:30- 7:15 PM 


NAMI Waukesha Office

217 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 300

Waukesha, WI 53186


Yoga is a mind, body, and spirit symphony. It is a great tranquilizer.

Yoga is all about balance- between breath and movement, effort and relaxation, mind and body.


To Sign up or for more information please call Sharon at 262-542-9027




On Saturday, September 20th over 350 people joined together at Frame Park for NAMIWalks in Waukesha 2014 to celebrate mental illness recovery, honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness, and to help raise funds, combat stigma, and promote awareness. This was our most successful NAMIWalk event ever and for the first time ever we surpassed our $50,000 goal. We have raised $51,548 so far and we are still accepting donations for NAMIWalks until November 20th so there is still time to donate! Thank you to everyone who supported NAMIWalks in Waukesha this year and helped make it such a success!



NAMI Waukesha Survivors Helping Survivors Support Group 

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. 

 Survivors Helping Survivors will be held on the 4th Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm at the NAMI Waukesha Offices located at 217 Wisconsin Ave. Suite 300, Waukesha, WI 53186. For more information please contact NAMI Waukesha at 262-524-8886.

NAMI Waukesha Care Connection Support Group


NAMI Waukesha is excited to announce a new support group, The Care Connection. The group will support individuals wrestling with Bi-Polar, Depression, ADHD, Schizophrenia or any other diagnoses. The focus of the group is to support everyone affected by mental illness. This includes the person diagnosed (Consumer) and, Family and Friends.

At each meeting everyone benefits from hearing about the experiences, challenges and successes of both groups during a combined session.  The meeting then splits into three separate groups: Consumers; Young Adult Consumers; Family and Friends.  This format provides everyone with a confidential, safe environment in which to discuss the difficult issues they face and develop ways to cope with them.  

The Care Connection will meet every Tuesday evening from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Vercelli Building, on the grounds of St. William Catholic Church located at 440 N. Moreland Blvd. in Waukesha. For additional information, please contact NAMI Waukesha at 262-524-8886 or call Peter Castator (414-915-8540), Michael Wycklendt (262-751-9231) or Mary Weisman (262-506-8751). Information is also available at

NAMI Waukesha proudly receives funding from United Way of Waukesha County