NAMI Welcome Center 

The NAMI Welcome Center is the location of our recovery center for those with mental illness.  Recovery centers focus on the strength of the individual.  We work with personal values of hope, healing and recovery rather than focusing on the treatment of an illness.  At the recovery center, we learn together to shed labels and limitations we encounter.

  • A place to meet peers and share experiences.

  • A place that promotes self determination by giving everyone a chance to plan and direct activities of interest.

  • A place where individuals can try out newly acquired strengths and ways of coping.

  • A place to get together, relax, and have fun.

***For more information on any of the specific peer to peer support programs we offer, see specific programs below.  You can also check out the calendar on the newsletter & calendar pages.

NAMI National -  Signature Programming

A series of 12 weekly classes structured to help family members, partners and friends understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. There is no cost to participate in the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program. Over 120,000 people in the U.S., Canada and Mexico have completed the course. We think you will be pleased by how much assistance the program offers. We invite you to call for more information. Not intended for individuals with mental illness themselves. 
Sheryl S. (262-346-1966) 
NAMI Washington Co (262-339-1235) 
Pre-registration required. Class limited to 20 persons.  Call to find out schedule.

This NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is sponsored by NAMI -Wisconsin. 
It is funded by NAMI Washington County and grants United Way of Washington County.

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NAMI Basics is an educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It covers the fundamentals of caring for yourself, for your family and for your child. Call for more information about upcoming sessions.

                                            For more information and class schedule, call the NAMI 262-339-1235                                       

Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.  The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field, and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.What does the course include?


  • Peer-to-Peer consists of nine two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained "Mentors" who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

  • Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a "relapse prevention plan" to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behaviors, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.   

  • For more information and class schedule, call the NAMI 262-339-1235

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 Nami Washington County's Family Support group is for family members, partners and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. It is not intended for the individual with mental illness.  There are two meeting times each month:  1) at the NAMI Welcome Center in West Bend on the third Monday each month and 2) at Northbrook Church in Richfield on the first Monday each month.  New people are always welcome.  For more information, call  262-339-1235.





NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) is a presentational program for teens to help reduce the stigma around mental illness (including depression), to educate youth on possible signs of developing mental illness, to educate youth on the possible signs of suicidal ideation, and to provide youth with resources for responding to those situations.  Each 50-minute presentation consists of a lead presenter (someone who either has a mental illness or has a family member with mental illness) giving a PowerPoint presentation on the signs and symptoms of mental illness and how to help.  A young adult (18 – 35 years old) living well with mental illness then relates his/her story. A question-and-answer session follows. The program is effective at raising awareness, encourage early identification and giving a human face to mental illness.  This program is appropriate for middle school and high school aged youth, in the classroom or as a program for church and civic youth groups. If you have any questions please contact Sheryl Smith at 262-346-1966 or

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Other programs offered by NAMI Washington County 

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