Navigating the System
Need help navigating the mental health system?
NAMI Wisconsin and our affiliates provide information, referrals and support on wide-ranging issues. We are happy to talk with anyone affected by mental illness.
To learn more about the specific ways in which NAMI Wisconsin and our affiliates can help (and some of our limitations), please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
NAMI Is Not Equipped To Handle Crisis Calls. If You Are You In Crisis And Need Immediate Help, Please Call 911.
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE NAMI WISCONSIN RESOURCE GUIDE (BELOW)!
Navigating the Experience: A guide for people living with mental illness and their families provides an overview of available resources and practical advice for difficult situations and relationships.
To receive hard copies of this guide, please fill out an order form (No charge for up to 3 copies). The guide is also available electronically below.
Or download individual sections below.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Mental Illness Overview
- What is Schizophrenia?
- What is Bipolar Disorder?
- What is Schizoaffective Disorder?
- What is Major Depression?
- What are Anxiety Disorders?
- Mental Health Services Overview
- Developing a Relationship with your Provider
- Assertive Community Treatment
- Inpatient Care
- Housing and Residential Care
- Peer Support
- Peer Run Respite
- Dual Diagnosis Services
- Complementary Approaches
- Mental Health Crisis Overview
- What is a Crisis?
- Basic Steps to Take in a Crisis
- Safe Police Interactions
- Tools for Crisis Prevention
- Introduction to Civil Commitments
- What is a Commitment?
- Why do Commitments Occur?
- How does a Commitment Begin?
- How does an Emergency Detention Work?
- Commitment Process and Possible Outcomes
- What Are My Rights?
- Healthy Relationships Overview
- Self-Care: Tips for Family Members
- Guidance for Family Members: Healing Relationships During Crises
- Guidance for Family Members: Disagreements about Treatment Needs
- Guidance for Family Members: Responding to Delusions