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AMI Racine County
The Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Racine County is a nonprofit
organization working to improve the quality of life through support,
education, and advocacy for all individuals affected by mental illness.
AMI-Racine County Provides:
Two Support Groups:
Families and Friends
Individual and self-help group support for families and friends of persons with mental illness.
Self-help support group for people who experience depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression).
Through public education we work to create understanding and empathy for persons with mental illness and to help eliminate the discrimination and stigma attatched to these individuals and their families.
AMI-Racine County influences public policy relative to improving services for people with severe brain disorders, such as greater access to treatment, housing, employment and better health insurance.
Active support and advocacy is given for the advancement of research for the causes and treatments of severe mental illnesses.
What Else Does AMI Racine County Do To Help?
Sponsers The AMI-CAT Program
The AMI-Consumer Advocacy Team is a consumer based program that assesses and reports the level of satisfaction of consumers toward the mental health services provided in Racine County.
A library of books, periodicals, videotapes, and research publications.
A Speaker's Bureau to present community education.
As a referral and resource agency for consumers, families, professionals, and the community at large.
To secure monies through fundraising efforts in order to meet agency objectives. One such effort is the AMI-Racine County Iris Day community outreach project.
A candlelight vigil prior to Mental Illness Awareness Week
B> each year.
The NAMI iris, symbolizing hope, is derived from this painting by Van Gogh, who had a mental illness.
The iris is the NAMI national flower.
It represents courage and hope.
"As for me, you must know I shouldn't precisely have chosen madness if there had been any other choice.
What consoles me is that I am beginning to consider madness as an illness like any other, that I accept it as such"
Vincent Van Gogh 1889
AMI Racine County
818 Sixth Street
Racine, WI 53403