NAMI DuPage



One in four families are touched in some way with a serious mental illness. Either you know a family member, a friend, or a work colleague who is struggling to overcome a mental disability. Today more is understood about mental illness but we have a long way to go to reduce the stigmatization many of those afflicted have to face. Mental illness is still misunderstood, and continues, by many, to be treated as an illness unrelated to the rest of our physical well being.

At NAMI DuPage we reach out to the community and educate students, teachers, business leaders, professional care givers, first responders, including police departments, and families. We support the families and those suffering from a mental illness and we advocate to ensure that individuals living with mental illnesses will be treated fairly and given all of the rights due to them.

Untreated or unsupported mental illness impacts all of us in our businesses, in our families and in our communities. We strive at NAMI DuPage to change the face of mental illness so that education, support and advocacy will lead to earlier diagnosis, understanding and acceptance. At NAMI DuPage we help to improve and change the lives of those affected by mental illness, which benefits us all.

Angela Adkins
Executive Director


Who We Are:
NAMI DuPage is a grass roots organization, funded primarily by individual donations and supported by volunteers with first-hand experience as caregivers and as individuals with mental illnesses.

As an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nationwide mental health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the quality of lives of people affected by mental illnesses. One of the largest and most innovative of 1,200 in the country and 41 in Illinois, our affiliate provides services and programs that offer relief, resources and importantly - hope for recovery - to individuals and families alike.

History:
NAMI DuPage was founded by a group of parents in 1985 who were looking for services for their children who had been diagnosed with mental illnesses. By joining forces, they thought they could advocate for improved services. NAMI DuPage has grown from this small handful of people to an organization of over 1,000 members. NAMI has been a catalyst for change and reform in DuPage County.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide support, advocacy and education in order to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illness and their families.


The Details

(41.866,-88.135)
 
  • Address
    2100 Manchester RoadBuilding B, Suite 925Wheaton, IL 60187
  • Contact
    • Krista Valleskey
  • Phone
    • 630.752.0066 x213
  • Fax
    • 630.752.1064
  • Website
  • Interest Area
    • Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Crisis Support, Disabled, Health & Medicine

Average Review 1 reviews

Would you recommend NAMI DuPage?

by Deborah P. from Downers Grove, IL (May 27, 2013)
If I have a good experience I would love to recruit more volunteers. I took the NAMI classes about 4 yrs ago. I have a 26 year old with mental disabilities (dx. At age 18 with severe bipolar disease which has resulted in multiple hospitalizations) living at home with our family. Both my husband and I took the 12 wk. NAMI classes and it made a huge difference in how we manage my son. Our home became peaceful and calm instead of volatile and hostile. I am so grateful for what I learned from our group leaders. I no longer work, so am in a position to offer any help that would be beneficial to the organization. I have been an RN since 1974, so I would like to use my previous knowledge base to help my community. I hope there are areas where I can help with your organization. Thank you so much for all that your organization has done for our family. I really feel the knowledge we learned has helped keep our family sane and united in understanding my son.
 

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