Veterans Hospital

HOPE FOR RECOVERY-free workshop on mental illness


This one-day course is designed for family members who have a loved one dealing with mental illness, but is also open to the general public.

Participants will learn about:

  • Types of mental illnesses

  • Treatments and recovery

  • Coping strategies

  • Communication tools

  • The mental health system

  • Local resources


August 11, 2018

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Waukon, Iowa

Veterans Memorial Hospital

40 1st St SE


Call Susan Friedrich at 563-422-7882 for more information and to register.

Pre-registration up to the day before is required by phone or at


There is no charge, but please bring a sack lunch.


What is NAMI Family-to-Family? Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family members of an older teen or adult living with mental illness. Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you'll learn about:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems, and communicate effectively

  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress

  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion

  • Finding and using local supports and services

  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain

  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects

  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family

Fall Classes Start Soon!

Thursday Evenings, Aug 30 – Nov 15, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Postville YMCA

313 W Post St, Postville, IA

The class and materials are provided free of charge, but registration is required.

To sign up, contact Susan Friedrich at 563-422-7882 or online at


NAMI Northeast Iowa will be holding its monthly family support group, led by trained family members of people with mental health conditions for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with a mental health condition.  


August 13th

(and the 2nd Monday of each successive month)

5:30-6:45 pm

607 Washington Street, Decorah

(The Spectrum Network).

For questions or more information, call 563-293-6264 or email


NAMI Northeast Iowa offers a weekly free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and success of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need.

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion, and a sense of community.

Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm

307 West Main Street, Decorah (St. Benedict’s Church annex).

For questions or more information, call 563-293-6264 or email


Join us for a Mental Health Awareness Bike Ride on the Trout Run Trail around Decorah, Ia. Concessions (for purchase) and a free bouncy house and face painting will be available for riders and the public. Fresh air, feeding the fish at the hatchery, enjoying the waterfall, the stream and the natural environment, and potential eagle sightings included!

Why: Raise awareness, reduce stigma, and raise funds for education, support, and advocacy for those living with mental health conditions and their family, friends, neighbors, and communities. All funds go directly towards programming throughout our five service counties, Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Fayette, and Clayton. NAMI Northeast Iowa is entirely directed by volunteers.

October 6 from 3:00-6:00 pm

Decorah Fish Hatchery

Event information and registration available at

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and Crawford County Public Health have partnered with Crossing Rivers Health to offer SeniorFest 2018 on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event will be held at Crossing Rivers Health, 37868 US Hwy 18, Prairie du Chien, WI and features area speakers, vendors, photo booth, live music, and door prizes.


Trending wellness topic presentations will include Avoiding Financial Exploitation: Practical Considerations When Granting Power of Attorney from Attorney Carlos Bailey of Elder Rights Project Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., at 9 a.m.; Instead of Growing Old – Older and Growing from Tom Thibodeau, Associate Professor at Viterbo University, 10 a.m.; and Top 3 Exercises to Maintain Safety with Mobility from Patricia Fettkether, Crossing Rivers Health Physical Therapist, 11 a.m. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken by B&C Studios. Tim Bohnenkamp, Nathan Rickertsen, and Richard Palucci will share their talents and provide live musical entertainment beginning at 9 a.m. An optional $5 lunch special will be available and include your choice of a chicken or tuna salad sandwich, light soup, and fresh fruit. Guest will also have the opportunity to receive the flu vaccine, if they choose.


Registration can be completed at or by calling 608.326.0235. The first 100 individuals to pre-register receive free lunch and an extra drawing into the Grand Prize Drawing. Additional door prizes will be offered by Jerry’s Gift Shoppe and Crossing Rivers Health Home Medical Equipment Retail Store.