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May Mental Health Matters Event

NAMI Portage-Wood Counties wants to thank everyone in our community that came out to the Pfiffner Building on Wednesday, May 10th to learn more about NAMI, enjoy some free food and music. Many rocks were painted thanks to board member Lisa Piekarski, yard games were enjoyed and it was a beautiful evening along the Wisconsin River. We thank
WAOW Channel 9 News for covering our event and promoting mental health awareness month. 

We were 
so pleased with the crowd and the interest shared and discussion about living well with a mental illness. 

NAMI Portage-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 has recently moved to the #1 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, presentations or a listening ear, please don't hesitate to contact us. 715-544-9653 or email us at
[email protected] 

NAMI Portage-Wood Counties will be out providing resources at different events this year including: 
  Stevens Point Pride on June 9th
  Place of Peace in July providing a meal
  Rafters Baseball in August
If you see us out and about stop by and say hi.  

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


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

NAMI Portage-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. .

 2023 Monthly Speaker Calendar

May 15th   Jesse Portilla & Michell
  Losey           Coping Skills

June 19th      Dr. Umesh Vyas

July 17th  
   Madison Matijevich     Disability, Mental   Health & LGBTQIA+ Identity   

Aug 21st     Gretchen Hintz
   Children's Mental Health

Sept. 18th    Dr. Christiansen

Oct. 16th     Wade Rasmussen
Managing Difficult Family Holiday

Nov. 20th     Dr. Ron Matthew 

December 18th Xmas Gathering

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

NAMI Portage-Wood Counties Board Meetings
The NAMI Portage-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-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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