Resources for Parents

nami wisconsin resources for parents

Find your local NAMI

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Need Someone to Talk To? Iris Place Warm Line: (920) 815-3217

Talking to your Children about COVID-19

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Guide


NAMI resources 

Family support groups   – Most of our affiliates provide NAMI Family Support Groups. These are lead by parents who have navigated the mental health care of a loved one and have been certified to lead a support group. Please contact your affiliate to see if they provide this class in your area.

NAMI Basics  – Some of our affiliates have NAMI Basics classes. This is a class, taught by parents who’s child developed a mental illness under the age of 18. Please contact your affiliate to see if they provide this class in your area.

NAMI Basics on Demand  – This is NAMI Basic Class that you can take from home at your own pace on an online platform. If your affiliate does not provide NAMI Basics or if you find this model easier for your life, please be sure to reach out to your affiliate for local resources.

Family & Consumer Resource Guide  – This is a free guide offered on our website, check out pages 34 & 35. Please feel free to print off or call our office for a physical copy, 608-268-6000.

Family Members & Caregivers – When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting the millions of people in the U.S. who experience mental health conditions each year. Many family members and caregivers experience the same thoughts and questions you might be having now.

Other agencies 

Rogers Behavioral Health – Led by nationally recognized, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists, our experienced, compassionate team works with parents, school professionals, and referring providers to develop a personalized treatment plan to help the child gain the confidence and skills to conquer their unique challenges. 

Wisconsin Family Ties – statewide, parent-run organization in Wisconsin working with families that include children with social, emotional or behavioral challenges. We walk beside families to provide emotional support while helping to navigate the complex service and treatment systems with which they are involved.

Family Voices – We’re here to help you navigate the services available to your family. It’s a complicated system and our goal is to provide you and your family with some relief. Connect with other families, learn how to advocate for your child, and discover how you can be a voice for all children with special needs.

Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) – Promoting quality care for children and youth withspecial health care needs in Wisconsin. 

 Wisconsin has five Regional Centers dedicated to supporting families with children and youth with special health care needs and the providers who serve them. The Centers are staffed by specialists who can help get answers, find services, and connect you to community resources. Their services are free and private. 

Northern Regional Center
Phone: 866-640-4106 

Northeast Regional Center
Phone: 877-568-5205 

Southeast Regional Center
Phone: 800-234-KIDS (5437) 

Southern Regional Center
Phone: 800-532-3321 

Western Regional Center
Phone: 800-400-3678  

Websites – independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders. – ADHD symptom tests,  ADD  medication & treatment information, behavior & discipline advice, school & learning essentials, organization help and more .

Meditation Apps for Pandemic Anxiety 

University of Wisconsin – Extension Family Living Programs – UW-Madison/Extension’s Human Development & Relationships Institute enhances well-being of WI families and communities with locally responsive outreach.