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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. At check out, please include your dinner selection under special instructions. Dinner choices include: Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken with Yukon Mashed Potatoes & Green Bean Almondine, Beef Bourguignon with Yukon Mashed Potatoes & Green Bean Almondine,Balsamic Grilled Vegetable Skewers with White Rice Pilaf.   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

NAMI Waukesha 2015 Annual Award Recipients

Consumer Advocate of the Year:  Elizabeth (Libby) Sinclair

Mental Health Professional of the Year:  Dr. Michael Raster, MD.

Volunteer of the Year:  Jo Schreiber  

Excellence in Community Service:  Specialist Dave Neill & Cheryl L. Collier

Crisis Intervention Team Officer Excellence Award:  Deputy Kim Unger  

Special Recognition Award:  Robyn Hardt-Schultz, Ph.D & Christy Bowden 

Andrew G. Werlein Advocacy Award: John Quaal


NAMI Waukesha is Excited to Announce The Spring 2015 NAMI Basics Class

NAMI Basics is an educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It covers the fundamentals of caring for yourself, for your family and for your child.

What You Should Expect:

  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.

Why You Should Attend & What You Will Receive:

l A toolkit of information
l Up-to-date information on a range of mental illnesses and their impact on the brain.
l Current research on treatments including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects.
l Preparation for interactions with the mental health care system, school system and juvenile justice system.
l Training in preparedness and emotional resiliency
l Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively.
l Strategies for self-care and for navigating the challenges presented by mental illness for each family member.
l Empowerment as an effective advocate for your child.
l Confidence and stamina for life-long understanding and support.

l A community - Perhaps most importantly, as a participant you can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone. 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.

When:             Start Date:  Saturday morning, April 18, 2015
                        End Date:    Saturday morning, May 30th, 2015   (with weekend of Memorial Day off)

Where:            NAMI Waukesha (downtown office)
                        217 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 300
                        Waukesha, WI 53186

Time:               9:00 a.m. - 11:30 am
Instructors:    Robyn Hardt-Schultz and Christy Bowden

To register for this class please contact Barbara Ducey at (262) 409-2743 or






Join Certified Yoga Instructor Sharon Sampon for . . .


Wednesdays- March 4th, 11th, and 18 th


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


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