Winona County is fortunate to have a NAMI affiliate


From: Nicholas Guy
Certified peer specialist

For those seeking help with mental illness, either for themselves or a family member or friend, is the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI-Winona holds regular monthly meetings, and Winona County is fortunate to have such a group. Helen Newell is a great president and a powerful advocate for mental health.

I want to let the community know about a new mental health training program I’m bringing to Winona this October. The program is titled “Wellness in the Woods.” After weeks of negotiations with NAMI-Winona, Wellness in the Woods will be another tool in the toolbox to learn to live with mental illness. The program will consist of a free, two-day seminar to be held at Winona Health from October 8-9 on the third floor Ben Miller Auditorium, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue. To obtain required certification, attending both days is required. We are working with Winona State University to provide CEUs but at this time we can offer no exact number. There will be a 30-minute lunch on each day. No meals will be provided but Winona Health has an excellent cafeteria with good food and very reasonable prices.

To register for the event, you may call me at 507-458-9698, or email me at You may also email Jode London at, or register at This event is sponsored by NAMI-Winona Affiliate, Project COMPASS and Winona Health.

What is Wellness in the Woods? What is WRAP? The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a self-designed prevention and wellness plan that anyone can use to get well and stay well, making their life the way they want it to be. WRAP has been studied extensively and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs, which helps in self-recovery. As a trained peer support specialist, I know this is a proven aid.


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