Education Classes


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

Free of Charge | Open to the Public


NAMI Family-To-Family

Sept 3 – Nov 19
6:00 – 8:30 PM

Olivet Lutheran Church
2100 Bainbridge Street
La Crosse
(French Island)

Registration Required

(608) 385-7595 Barbara
(608) 386-3249 Cindy

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions.

This program is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

The group setting provides mutual support and shared positive impact allowing one to experience compassion and reinforcement for others.

The program is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have shared many of the same experiences as the attendees. Included will be presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises.

  • How to solve problems and communicate effectively

  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress

  • Supporting your loved one with compassion

  • Finding and using local supports and services

  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain

  • How to handle a crisis

  • Current treatments and therapies

  • The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

  • Depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse

  • Basic information about medications

  • Listening and communication techniques

  • Problem solving skills

  • Recovery and rehabilitation

  • Self-care around worry and stress

The following link will also provide you with additional information:

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