Nami Dane County

Education. Support. Advocacy.

For over 40 years, NAMI Dane County has provided essential education, support and advocacy to people affected by mental illness. We are committed to eliminating stigma and ensuring people get the support and information they need.

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Our Mission

The mission of NAMI Dane County is to provide education, support, and advocacy for people affected by mental illness in Dane County.

*NAMI programs should not be used to replace specialized training and professional judgment of mental health professionals. We cannot, and do not, assume the role of a physician or therapist.

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Get Involved

The support of our sponsors, partners, donors, members, and volunteers enable NAMI Dane County to make a difference in our community. We are deeply grateful to all of them and look forward to many more impactful years ahead. Please consider joining us today!


Support NAMI Dane County to help people affected by mental illness get the information and support they need.


Join a community that is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness.


Have a question? We can help! Give us a call or send us an email. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible.


Our Education & Support Programs

NAMI Dane County peer support programs provide education, skills training and support for people who have a mental illness. Our family support programs are led by family members of individuals living with mental illness and follow a structured format. Our programs are recovery-focused and provided at no cost to participants.


Connecting Support

Connecting Support offers a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with a mental illness. The group meets every Sunday from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Women's Depression/anxiety

A 90-minute bi-monthly support group for women who experience anxiety/depression. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 pm.


A 90-minute  weekly support group for people who have bipolar disorder and/or depression. The group meets every Monday  from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Family Support 

For family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

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Share Your Story

We want to hear from you! We believe one of the best ways to combat stigma is to step forward and share your experience.  Click here if you would like more information about sharing your written story for our You Are Not Alone blog.


2017 Impact

NAMI Dane County relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work: We provide peer-led education and support programs to help people affected by mental illness get the support and information they need to better understand mental illness and navigate the mental health system. We provide community education and outreach to reduce stigma and help the general public better understand mental illness. We advocate at the local, state, and national levels for increased funding and better access to quality mental health services. We promote public awareness through events and activities such as NAMIWalks to reduce stigma and encourage understanding.


Years Serving Dane County

From the first open meeting in 1977, NAMI offered information on the availability of community and inpatient services, and on intelligent advocacy procedures to acquire those services for the county.



Hundred Thousand dollars raised 

By promoting public awareness through events and activities to reduce stigma and encourage understanding, 81 cents of every dollar went directly to providing NAMI Dane County education and support programs at no cost to the public.



Hundred people Impacted

2551 people in Dane County who are affected by mental illness received education, support, and advocacy in 2017 alone.

November 2017

This grassroots organization improves millions of lives and combats the stigma that stubbornly accompanies mental illness to this day. As NAMI Dane County celebrates its anniversary, we thank them for their work, and we are proud to say it all began right here.

- Neil Heinen / Read Full Article


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