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Support groups and resources for people with mental health and dual disorders

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization providing advocacy, education, support and public awareness.  Learn more at

NAMI Wisconsin is the state affiliate of NAMI. The mission of NAMI Wisconsin is to improve the quality of life of people affected by mental illness and to promote recovery. NAMI Wisconsin will accomplish its mission through the following:

  • Promote public education and understanding of mental illnesses.
  • Advocate at all levels of government and throughout the public sector to improve mental health care in Wisconsin.
  • Support affiliates by providing follow-up advice and counsel; educational and training programs and materials; access to financial resources as appropriate; and by offering conferences, seminars, and presentations.
  • Establish and strengthen local affiliates to keep with NAMI’s principles and guidelines.

NAMI Sauk County Contact: Lorrie Wickus
(608) 469-2574

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder.  DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.  Learn more at

Through the extensive online and print resources and our nearly 650 support groups and more than 250 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.

Currently there is no local DBSA chapter in the Madison area.  The closest contact is the Greater Milwaukee Chapter.  They list 2 contacts:
– DBSA Greater Milwaukee Contact: Monique, (414) 255-8536
– DBSA Watertown: Ruth Rehbaum, (920) 206-4642,

Mental Health America (MHA)

Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.  Learn more at

Mental Health America of Wisconsin
600 W. Virginia St, Suite 502
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: (414) 276-3122 or (866) 948-6483 (toll free)
Fax: (414) 276-3124

Grassroots Empowerment Project

Grassroots Empowerment Project Inc (GEP) is a Wisconsin state-wide, non-profit organization that is controlled and directed by mental health consumers/survivors. 100% of the Board of Directors and 100% of the staff are persons self-identified as having mental illness. The group receives funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, work under contract with OptumHealth, a variety of project grants, fee-for-service trainings and contracts, Community Shares of Wisconsin, and private donations. Learn more at:

Dual Recovery Anonymous™

Dual Recovery Anonymous™ is an independent, nonprofessional, Twelve Step, self-help membership organization for people with a dual diagnosis. Our goal is to help men and women who experience a dual illness. We are chemically dependent and we are also affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness. Both illnesses affect us in all areas of our lives; physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.  Learn more at:

Dual Recovery Anonymous
World Network Central Office
P.O. Box 8107
Prairie Village, Kansas, 66208
Betty H., Director: (913) 991-2703

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