Education Classes


Providing In-Depth Understanding of Mental Illness, Coping Methods and Resources

Free of Charge | Open to the Public


NAMI Family-To-Family

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-week course for caring partners and family members of adults living with mental illness. Taught by trained family members, the course is designed to foster learning, healing and empowerment within families. Over 200,000 family members have graduated from this national program.

Courses are taught by trained NAMI La Crosse County volunteers who are family members themselves. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants, and there is no charge to take this course.

The program provides the following:

  • Information about the major mental illnesses and strategies for recovery

  • Empathy training for understanding the experience of living with mental illness

  • Skills training for problem solving, coping with stress and positive communication

  • A focus on care for the caregiver, with guidance on locating support and services within the community

Class Sessions:

  • Introduction to Family Education

  • Introduction to Schizophrenia: diagnosis, critical periods

  • Affective disorders: Telling our stories

  • Basics about the brain, causes of schizophrenia

  • Problem-solving skills workshop

  • Medications review

  • What it’s like to be mentally ill: Empathy workshop

  • Communications skills workshop

  • Relative groups and self care

  • Rehabilitation

  • Advocacy: Fighting stigma

  • Certification and celebration


Sept 3 – Nov 19
6:00 – 8:30 PM

Location TBD

Registration Required
To register or for more information:
(608) 385-7595

Many describe the impact of this program as life-changing. Join the more than 200 individuals just like you in the La Crosse area who have gained information, insight, understanding and empowerment.
— An Area Psychiatrist

In Our Own Voice Program

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.

Throughout the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Audience participation is an important aspect of IOOV because the more audience members become involved, the closer they come to understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness and stay in recovery.

IOOV presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates and interested civic groups.

All presentations are offered free of charge.

The goals of IOOV are to meet the need for consumer-run initiatives, to set a standard for quality education about mental illness from those who have been there, to offer genuine work opportunities, to encourage self-confidence and self-esteem in presenters, and to focus on recovery and the message of hope.

NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and Veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.  The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

NAMI Monroe-Juneau, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its second NAMI Homefront Education Program for the fall/winter 2018, beginning date pending the group is filled.

Thursday evenings, beginning September 27th
5:30–8 pm
Tomah VA Medical Center, Building 407

Please contact Sierra Phillips for more information or to register go to