20th of December 2017 09:46 PM Link
We cut the ribbon! The Waupaca branch office of NAMI Fox Valley “officially” opened last night at Catalpa Health’s new Waupaca location!

NAMI FV is thrilled to co-locate with Catalpa and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region in Waupaca and is excited to broadly expand our Waupaca programming in 2018.

As NAMI FV executive director, Maren Peterson, notes in this video, “NAMI Fox Valley has served Waupaca for the past couple of years with our Family-to-Family program, but this allows us to have somebody work here on a regular basis and work at expanding our programs to offer more support groups and educational courses, as well as outreach into the community. . . . We are very grateful to Catalpa for opening its doors and allowing us this opportunity. We really look forward to leveraging our partnership here so that we can all work together and, hopefully, create some new, innovative programs.”
13th of December 2017 12:32 PM Link

As snow covers the Fox Valley in a beautiful winter blanket, we can't help but think ... What a day for a holiday celebration! What a day for some carols, dancing, poetry and -- yes -- even a little magic! We've got it all at NAMI Fox Valley's 2017 Holiday Talent Show!

Arrive at the Grand Meridian at 5:30 to mingle with fellow NAMI FV supporters, program participants, staff, and friends while you help yourself to complementary heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and non-alcoholic refreshments (cash bar). The talent takes the stage at 6:00!
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11th of December 2017 05:55 PM Link
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28th of November 2017 08:05 AM Link
For those navigating the journey of loss after the suicide of a loved one, Prevent Suicide Fox Cities offers great resources, including this program on December 2, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/133782244054251/
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
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2nd of December 2017 11:30 AM
27th of November 2017 09:36 PM Link
Would you be able to donate a few reams of copy paper? Could you donate some post-it notes? Manila folders?

For #givingtuesday NAMI Fox Valley is asking for something a little different ... office supplies! We’re open all day and accepting all office supplies! It would warm our hearts to have you stop by with copy paper or anything else that makes its way into your cart.

Breaking down stigma and building tools for mental health is exciting ... office supplies sound boring. But one cannot happen without the other!
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21st of November 2017 06:33 PM Link
You may hear us exclaim as we pull out of sight, “Mental health for the holidays, and to all a kind night!”

The Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade is almost underway ... Keep an eye out for NAMI Fox Valley (27th float/entry)!
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3rd of November 2017 01:46 PM Link
There was a whole lot of kindness at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region today!

We love this picture of Annette (CFFVR Community Engagement Associate), Marti (CFFVR Vice President Of Community Engagement), Carolyn (CFFVR Community Engagement Manager), and Kim (Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative), who all wore their “be kind” shirts today!

Funds within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region support many of NAMI Fox Valley’s mental health programs and collaborations. We are grateful everyday for the kindness of their donors, staff, volunteers, and partners!
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31st of October 2017 11:51 AM Link
After a brief hiatus, our Neenah (now Neenah-Menasha) Teen Support Group is up and running in a new location!

We’re thrilled to be partnering with our friends at Youth Go, who are opening their doors to provide a great space for our Neenah-Menasha group!

The group will meet tonight (Tuesday, October 31) at 4:30 p.m. and will continue to meet every Tuesday at that time. Teens who are experiencing any type of mental health challenge are welcome and encouraged to attend. No pre-registration is necessary.
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10th of October 2017 01:44 PM Link
**Free to the public**

Join NAMI Fox Valley tonight (Wednesday, October 11) at 6:30 p.m. at Atlas Coffee Mill in Appleton for "De-Stress and Feel Your Best," this week's session of Victoria Gossens' Sharpen Your Life Skills - Emotional Wellness Series!

We experience stress every time we have to adapt to a positive or negative change in our life, such as retirement, a job change, or the loss of a loved one. This session will focus on effective strategies to minimize the negative impact stress many have on our mind and body.
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30th of September 2017 07:21 AM Link
The calm before the storm...

Come find us at Octoberfest today and enjoy some tasty sustenance while supporting our mental health programs!
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28th of September 2017 03:43 PM Link
28th of September 2017 03:17 PM Link
Madison area followers, you are invited to join NAMI Wisconsin for the opening reception of their 2017 Healing Art Show this Saturday, September 30, 5-7 pm at Lakeside St. Coffee House in Madison.

The show, curated annually by NAMI Wisconsin, features the works of local artists who experience mental illness and creatively express themselves through various mediums of art.The purpose of the Healing Art Show is to break down stigma surrounding mental illness. By showcasing the artistic works created by people with mental illness, we want to highlight the creative talents and personal strengths that far overshadow any mental illness.

The show runs through November 10.
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26th of September 2017 10:30 PM Link
NAMI Fox Valley is very grateful to the Waupaca Area Community Foundation for presenting us with a $7,500 grant tonight to establish a teen support group in the Waupaca community.

NAMI Fox Valley Executive Director, Maren Peterson, shared with the crowd at tonight's gathering about the impact of teen support groups on the lives of teens who are struggling with mental health challenges. "These dollars," Peterson said, "will save lives. That is the power of your gift."
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21st of September 2017 06:07 PM Link
There was a big arrival at NAMI FV today!

In response to repeated requests ... be kind onesies are here!

A culture of kindness involves us all -- including our littlest beings, who sometimes do the best job teaching us the most important lessons.

Stop by NAMI Fox Valley's information booth at the Appleton Downtown Farm Market this Saturday, where a $15 donation will be rewarded with a onesie of your choice -- or visit our online "be kind" shop anytime at https://www.namifoxvalley.org/shop/
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12th of September 2017 08:39 PM Link
Would you like two tickets to the Packers-Lions game? How about a new grill worth $399? Or a $100 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse?

Thanks to two wonderful donors, NAMI Fox Valley can offer you a chance to win one of these great prizes. We have issued 500 raffle tickets, which will be sold at $20 per ticket or 3 for $50, to win the above items. First ticket drawn wins the tickets, second ticket drawn wins the grill, third wins the gift certificate.

Buy your tickets at our downtown office or from any NAMI Fox Valley staff member! Call us at 920-954-1550 or email info@namifoxvalley.org for more information!

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5th of September 2017 08:53 AM Link
NAMI Fox Valley has received a donation of tickets for both the September 6 & September 7 performances of "Every Brilliant Thing" at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay.

As the description at the link notes, "The Guardian calls [Every Brilliant Thing] 'One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression, and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.'"

The tickets are available on a first-come-first served basis. Please email info@namifoxvalley.org or call us at 920-954-1550 for more information.
5th of September 2017 08:43 AM Link
NAMI Fox Valley executive director, Maren Peterson, will participate in a panel discussion this Friday regarding how local health agencies and organizations are sharing knowledge and expertise to increase impact.

State Representatives Dave Murphy, Mike Rohrkaste and Amanda Stuck are the hosts of the event, which features six local groups working to improve health in the region.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but is recommended at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eeeryoglb6e72175&llr=d4r7g7sab
30th of August 2017 12:58 PM Link
NAMI Fox Valley is excited to be offering 4 Family-to-Family courses this fall, beginning the week of September 11.

Our Appleton class is full, but there is still room in our Chilton and Waupaca classes, as well as in our Spanish-language class in Menasha!

Click here to learn more about Family-to-Family and to register online: https://www.namifoxvalley.org/education/family/
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24th of August 2017 07:24 PM Link
NAMI Fox Valley is proud to announce the launch of our new website, unveiled at tonight's Bowl-a-Thon Kick Off!

We've endeavored to create a seamless experience for all of you with easy access to program information and registration, agency news, and staff biographies, among other highlights. In response to repeated requests, we've also expanded our "be kind" shop the online community. Please let us know what you think!

The new site is a labor of love more than a year in the making, and was made possible in part by a grant from the JJ Keller Foundation.
23rd of August 2017 09:17 PM Link
Tick tock. Tick Tock.

Thursday is kickoff day! Join us tomorrow (Thursday August 24) at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Meridian in Appleton for a 90 minute celebration of NAMI Fox Valley as we kick off our annual Bowl-a-Thon campaign!

Hear an agency update from Executive Director, Maren Peterson. Listen to Iris Place Program Director, Paula Verrett, tell her story of recovery. Witness a fun reveal!

All of that and more will be packed into a free event that we promise will be 90 minutes or less, including the first half hour of social time! Come at 5:30 for heavy hors d'oeuvres, Manderfield's cake, and refreshments. Leave by 7:00 or earlier. And learn a lot about what we're up to at NAMI FV!
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