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April 17, 2020

    The Wausau Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.

    The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants. It can offer you practical advice on addressing issues related to mental illness and your loved one and gives you the appropriate space to have your personal needs met so that you can provide the best possible care for your family member.

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    The Wausau Peer Support Group offers support in a safe, caring environment. The group is led by trained facilitators who have moved forward in their own recovery journey with the support of their peers.  (Note: Support groups do not take the place of professional  help)

    This informal meeting meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM, and begins with a 10-minute educational discussion and then on to an open discussion to address the specific needs of the group.

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    This past year will be one for the history books – for good and for ill – in so many different ways. The global pandemic response in particular has had considerable impact on people’s mental health, especially for those already struggling with mental illness.

    You are not alone!  Here are some tips, information and resources that can help you navigate these tumultuous times:

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    NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an 8-session recovery-focused course for adults with mental health conditions.

    • Free and confidential
    • Held weekly for two hours
    • Led by peers with mental health conditions
    • A great resource for information on mental health and recovery
    • Offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope
    • Builds on the strength and resilience of participants

    NAMI Northwoods will offer NAMI Peer-to-Peer beginning Thursday, September 24th.

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    “Let’s Talk About Mental Illness” is a fun new and engaging video for elementary-age kids to start the conversation about mental illness.

    After watching the video with your children or class, check out and download our worksheets to continue learning about mental illness.

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    For more mental illness resources for KIDS, click here.

    For more mental illness resources for PARENTS,

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    As we move into election season, there are some basics to remember regarding how to legally engage in the political process as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

    First, as a tax-exempt non-profit, we are legally obligated to NOT engage in activities supporting a particular political party or candidate, or to endorse any particular political party or candidate.

    Rather, we act to support policies and initiatives that advance our mission and which support both people with mental illness and their families.

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