NAMI Chippewa Valley's mission is to provide education, support and advocacy to families and individuals living with a mental illness.


National Crisis Mental Health Hotlines 

1-800-273-TALK (8255) – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in a suicidal crisis or emotional distress 

1-888-628-9454 – Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio  

1-866-488-7386 – The Trevor Project, Provides 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people  

Text 741741 – Crisis Text Line, An emotional support text line available 24/7.  

Texto Esperanza – Spanish-speaking Crisis Text Line, Mande ‘APOYO’ a 414-839-863 (es gratis) de lunes a jueves (12-4p and 6-10p)Type your paragraph here.

For more than11 years, National Alliance on Mental Illness Chippewa Valley has devoted its energy to passionately educating, supporting and advocating for the families and individuals living with a mental illness in the Chippewa Valley. Find out how you can contribute to the future of someone in need through donations of money and time. .

This video is from NAMI Wisconsin and highlights their Peer Leadership Council.  We are always interested in individuals who are in recovery from their mental health condition who would be willing to be trained through NAMI Wisconsin to facilitate the NAMI Peer Support Group and Peer-to-Peer classes, which we would provide support for.  If you are interested, please contact us.  Two individuals are required to facilitate these groups.


​Previously known as "Navigating the Experience: Family and Consumer Resource Guide", use this link:

The National Alliance for Caregiving, in partnership with National Alliance for Mental Illness, has created a new guidebook to help you care for someone with a mental illness and to help you care for yourself.   Visit                        to download a copy.

our programs

NAMI Chippewa Valley will hold its IN-PERSON monthly Family Support Group Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 6:30-8pm.  If interested in attending, please call to register (715) 450-6484.

1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children will be diagnosed each year with a mental health disorder.  Join us in providing resources to these families and individuals to improve their lives.

NAMI Basics OnDemand was developed to create an informational offering that was geared toward the unique needs of parents and other family caregivers facing the challenges of mental health conditions with their children. It is available online 24/7 and covers much of the same material as the in-person course.
 NAMI Basics is a free, 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (age 22 or younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms.
Since 2010, NAMI Basics has been offered by NAMI Affiliates in an in-person, group setting.
To meet increasing demand for more convenient access to the program, NAMI created an OnDemand version of NAMI Basics, which is offered online and available 24/7.
Just like the in-person format, NAMI Basics OnDemand is free and helps parents and caregivers:
Develop confidence and stamina to support their child with compassion.
Learn about different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies.
Prepare for crisis situations, and understand how to navigate the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems.

Join Us

NAMI Chippewa Valley is pleased to announce that we are looking to hire an outstanding person to fill a role as Executive Director of our organization.  We are a small non-profit whose mission is to provide education, support and advocacy for individuals and their families who are living with a mental health condition.  We are the local affiliate of NAMI serving the counties of Eau Claire, Dunn and Chippewa in West Central Wisconsin.  Applications and resumes will be accepted until August 15th.  Please email to: or mail to: NAMI Chippewa Valley, 800 Wisconsin St, Mailbox 88, Building #2D Suite 420F, Eau Claire, WI  54703-3612

Our Mission

***We are actively recruiting individuals who are interested in volunteering to teach our NAMI Family-to-Family, Basics and Peer-to-Peer classes.   All costs to attend the training are covered.  Requirements are to be a NAMI member, highly recommended to have taken a NAMI Family class yourself previously, and to have a close family member who is living with a mental illness that you have had experiences helping.  We also are looking for Peer Individuals in recovery who are able to lead Peer support programs.  Please contact us if you are interested.

If you are looking for a NAMI program that we don't offer or on a different date/time, please check out this NAMI WI Website for state-wide virtual groups/classes, click the button below: