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.
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.
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.