OnFocus – Wildwood Park in Marshfield is just one location looking more green this month, thanks to a local nonprofit’s effort to spread an important message during Mental Health Month.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. To commemorate this month and raise awareness for their cause, the nonprofit group is showcasing green ribbons throughout the counties they serve.
Started in 1979 in Madison, Wisconsin by two mothers who were looking for help with their sons, the organization provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness for people whose lives are affected by mental illness. The NAMI Wisconsin mission is to improve the quality of life and promote recovery for people with a mental health condition.
NAMI Portage-Wood Counties is a Wisconsin Affiliate of NAMI National, offering education, support and advocacy for those living with a mental illness, as well as for their families, friends and community members.
The group offers support groups for families or individuals led by trained facilitators, as well as classes and events that are free to the public. These are funded through memberships, donations, fundraising and grants.
NAMI Portage-Wood Counties has numerous events planned to support Mental Health Month. To learn more, visit www.namiportagewoodcounties.org
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