National Alliance on Mental Illness
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ASK (Access, Support and Knowledge) is a new NAMI program which provides free consultation and support services specifically for Milwaukee's African American community.  ASK started in 2007 thanks to support and partnership from AstraZeneca and the Charles E. Kubly Foundation.  Please call our office at (414) 344-0447 if you have questions or are interested in outreach opportunities.

Family-to-Family  is a free, 12-week NAMI course for family members and close friends of individuals with severe mental illnesses.  The course is taught by trained family members.  Participants learn information about illnesses of the brain and their treatment, coping skills and the power of advocacy.  Please call our office at (414) 344-0447 if interested in participating. 

In Our Own Voice is the consumer speaker's bureau offered to the public. This NAMI program introduces groups to people who have a diagnosis to those wanting to learn about their lives. Speakers within the program are trained to tell their own stories. It’s through disclosure and personal contact that barriers break down and stigma begins to erode. If your group is interested in having a trained speaker address your group, or if you’re interested in becoming an In Our Own Voice trained speaker, please call the office at (414) 344-0447.

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 10 two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained "Mentors" and one Volunteer who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a "relapse prevention plan" to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behaviors or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.