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You are not alone. Mental illness is not a choice, it affects everyone.
NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. It is a grassroots organization that began in Wisconsin and is now nationwide. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, support, and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all those in need.
Membership is an important part of what makes NAMI Monroe-Juneau strong. Members like you help individuals and families affected by mental illness in NAMI Monroe-Juneau. In addition to joining a movement, your membership includes benefits like publications from NAMI National, NAMI Wisconsin, and NAMI Monroe-Juneau, as well as a special Care Package from NAMI Monroe-Juneau.
Taking steps to prepare for the possibility of a crisis can help you act quickly, ease your mind and lessen the impact if a crisis situation does occur. Understanding the differences between mental health crisis services and how to access them are a vital step towards being prepared.
With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs and support groups provide outstanding free education, skills training and support. A hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.
A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives. Recovery from serious mental illness also includes the idea of attaining and maintaining physical health as another cornerstone of wellness.
Become a part of NAMI! Subscribe to the latest mental health updates, participate in an online discussion group, learn how to advocate in your community and add your voice to the mental health movement. Create a free account to start connecting with NAMI and to get all the latest updates. Become a NAMI member at all levels of the organization—national, state and local.
When mental illness strikes, it can turn lives upside down. Some people may not even recognize what is going on, especially during the first episode of psychosis or early on in the illness process. It is important to understand that episodes and symptoms of mental illness can be challenging to diagnose and treat effectively and quickly.