NAMI Walworth is Dedicated to Helping Those Affected by Mental Illness

NAMI Walworth serves the greater Walworth County area. More than 50 members come from every city, village and town in Walworth County and beyond. If you, a loved one, or a friend needs help, please don't hesitate to reach out. You are not alone!

Mission Statement

NAMI Walworth, Inc is a local, non-profit organization working to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through advocacy, education and support.

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NAMI Walworth History

Gil and Jean Malmstrom discovered NAMI Waukesha while trying to help a family member affected by mental illness. Inspired by the powerful community of support and caring they experienced through NAMI Waukesha, the Malmstroms were moved to start a support group to help those affected by mental illness right here in Walworth County. NAMI Walworth was chartered in 1998.

NAMI Walworth began meeting in a local church, and soon – by word of mouth – the group grew to include over 60 members from across the county. To this day, NAMI Walworth continues to thrive and be a source of support for so many because of the founding vision of two very special people, Gil and Jean Malmstrom.


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What is NAMI?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a grassroots self-help, support, education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with mental illnesses (brain disorders). NAMI has over 1200 affiliates nationwide, including 35 in Wisconsin.


With Special Thanks


Dan Poulson, President
Kim Aguirre, Vice President
Lisa Amburgey, Secretary
Susan Singleton, Treasurer


Dorothy Prokop
John Stack
Adam Hoekstra
Karen Ehlen (Interim)

Be this tree
Now near, now far.

Growing strong
in the silent dark,
Feel your roots
Deep in the past
And be nourished now
by the river of time

Welcome the birds
They scatter your seeds
And when your leaves
All blow away
Don’t wait for the spring
It will come on its own.

For the winter night
Will be all, until then
— Eddie Grossback, NAMI Walworth Member