The La Crosse affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI) works in the La Crosse community to raise awareness of mental illness.
NAMI organizes various support groups and programs that teach people about aspects of mental health, in an effort to eliminate stigmas while helping normalize conversations centered around the topic.
"We need to help each other," describes Jean Sterling, President of NAMI La Crosse County, "We have to recognize that there is nothing wrong with having a mental illness, there's nothing wrong with saying I have a mental illness, there's nothing wrong with saying my son has a mental illness, my daughter, my father, there's nothing wrong with it."
Nami programs and services range from individual meetings to support groups and extended courses, focusing on educating people while offering a resource for the community.
"We just need to open up the conversation and take care of things," Sterling elaborates.
NAMI General Educational Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month at the first congregational church in La Crosse.
Family Support Groups take place on the second Monday of each month in the John Burgess Room of the La Crosse Family & Children's Center.
To attend any NAMI extended courses more information can be found here, or contact them at (608) 779-1554
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