NAMI Portage and Wood Counties News

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 *** Annual Meeting 2023 ***
           Monday, October 23rd
    See middle of next column for details.

 ** Registration for CIP Training **
NAMI Portage Wood Counties' Certified  CIP Training team will hold a Free Crisis Intervention Partners Training. This two day, 16- hour training takes place  on Thursday, November 2nd and Friday, November 3rd at the Stevens Point Police Department, 933 Michigan Avenue in Stevens Point. The CIP serves as training for students to learn about and use trauma informed care (TIC) attitudes, beliefs and verbal/non-verbal skills as part of their responses to crisis situations.  CIP students are those who have professional or paraprofessional contact with those who suffer with mental illnesses and are in crisis.
 To receive a registration form contact Kristi Ahrens at: [email protected] 
     Application deadline is October 25th
           Do not delay - Space is limited

  NAMI Portage and Wood Counties is here to support you and those you love whose lives may be affected by mental illness.  1 in 5 people suffer with a mental illness and many go  untreated for numerous reasons. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in youth age 10-14.  As a community we can make a change in these statistics. If we can provide resources, speakers, education, presentations or a listening ear, please don't hesitate to contact us. 715-544-9653.

NAMI Portage-Wood Counties thanks the Boys Soccer Teams of Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids and SPASH  for their dedication to support mental illness.
Kicking the Stigma fundraiser 2023 was held in September at the Lincoln field. Once again they sold T-shirts, collected donations and recruited business sponsors to help fund the efforts of our affiliate. We are so grateful!
If you see us out and about stop by and say hi.  We are here for YOU!

If you would like to become a NAMI member or a volunteer for NAMI Portage and Wood Counties please give us a call or drop us an email. 

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  Mental Health Wellness Speakers
  Now 3rd Monday of the Month!!

NAMI Portage and Wood Counties along with the Portage County Suicide Prevention offers a FREE, monthly educational speaker from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Midstate Independent Living Consultants (MILC) 3262 Church Street, located in the Save A Lot strip mall Stevens Point on the 3rd Monday of the month. 
Join virtually by Team meeting here: Click to Join
Meeting ID: 214 760 201 635 Passcode: KPuhYU

 2023 Monthly Speaker Calendar

Nov. 20th  Dr. Ron Matthew 

December 18th Holiday Party (this will be held at St. Paul Lutheran) details coming in

This monthly event is open to the public. If you need transportation please contact NAMI Portage and Wood Counties at 715-544-9653 or Kathy Hartman at 715-254-5452.

          *** Annual Meeting 2023 ***
Our ANNUAL MEETING for Members will be held on Monday, October 23rd from 6-8pm. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1919 Wyatt Street in Stevens Point. The meeting will include an overview of 2023, an activity, a FREE
"Halloweanie" meal, a chance to meet our current board members and also hear from our nominated candidates for 2024. All members in attendance will then vote for our 2024 board. 

We hope to meet all of our new members and revisit with other members who have been apart of this organization for many years.

Thank you for supporting us and we will see you on October 23rd at St. Paul Lutheran.

NAMI Portage & Wood Counties Board   Meetings
The Portage and Wood Counties' monthly board meetings will now be held the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. at St. Paul Lutheran School, 1919 Wyatt Avenue in Stevens Point, please use Door 3 off the parking lot and watch for signs. We are so grateful to St. Paul Lutheran for allowing us the space. These meetings are opened to the public and we welcome anyone. Learn more about NAMI, our affiliate in Portage and Wood Counties, exciting events, classes an support groups we offer. Get Involved! Mark Your Calendars! Hope to see you in 2023 at a board meeting.

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Coping Skills

A presentation by Jesse Portillo and Michele Posey from Opportunity Development Centers in Wisconsin Rapids.

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