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Welcome to NAMI Illinois

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Illinois (NAMI Illinois) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Our 2,000 members, composed of individuals living with mental illness, family members, friends, and professionals, find purpose in helping improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.

NAMI Illinois serves residents across the state with free mental health support, online groups, resources and education.

Information on Covid-19

We recognize that people living with mental illness face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19, as do their caregivers and loved ones. Get help here.

You Are Not Alone

1 in 5 live with a mental health condition. So chances are you or someone you know has been affected.

Support & Encourage

If someone you know is struggling
with a mental health condition,
read more about how to support them.

Understanding Change

Mental health conditions are common in teens and young adults. Read more about what you can do.

Welcome to NAMI Illinois

NAMI Illinois serves residents across Illinois with free mental health support, online groups, resources and education. Visit our Affiliate page to find the NAMI affiliate closest to you.

Join Us – 2020 Virtual State Conference

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NAMI Illinois Virtual Conference 2020: Driving Change

Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th NAMI Illinois is pleased to be bringing you its 2020 State Conference virtually, in the comfort of a safe environment: your home! The focus will be on the dramatic increase in the need for … Read more

Dealing With Anxiety During COVID-19

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With increased isolation and uncertainty, people may be feeling higher levels of stress. These tips and articles will help you manage your anxiety. 1. Remember that knowledge is power: Understanding the factors that affect a person’s immune response to COVID-19 will … Read more

Living with Depression: How to Keep Working

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By: Emily Johnson I live with a high-functioning depression in my life, and in the workplace. I’ve been struggling since 2015 when I thought it was just fatigue. Medication and therapy have helped me feel better, but I still experience depressive … Read more

Upcoming NAMI Illinois Events

Upcoming Events

Sat 24

NAMI Family to Family Support Group

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
Mon 26

NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Tue 27

NAMI LGBTQ+ Connection Support Group

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Wed 28

NAMI Family to Family Support Group

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

RSS In the news

  • Police have shot people experiencing a mental health crisis. Who should you call instead? September 18, 2020
    Amid a nationwide movement for racial justice and police reform sparked by the recent killings of several Black men and women, many people have spoken out against police shootings of people experiencing mental health crises. "A person shouldn't lose their life because they’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition," said Angela Kimball, national director […]
  • NIH announces public-private partnership to advance schizophrenia biomarker research September 16, 2020
    The NIH this week announced the launch of Accelerating Medicine Partnership Schizophrenia. The NIH and FDA, along with seven industry and nonprofit partners, aim to improve early therapeutic interventions and targeted treatments for schizophrenia with this initiative. Goals of the partnership include conducting research into biological markers to identify people at risk for developing schizophrenia, […]

Keynote Speaker: NAMI CEO Dan Gillison

NAMI Illinois 2020 Virtual State Conference

We are especially honored to have NAMI CEO, Daniel H. Gillson, Jr. as keynote speaker on October, 16th.


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Helping Those In Need

NAMI started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

From Next Door To Across Illinois

Become a Member

Join NAMI Illinois and join a movement to inspire better lives for Illinoisians who are affected by mental illness. With membership, you'll receive newsletters and updates on mental health news, you'll be able to engage in discussion groups, and you'll have the opportunity to support others who are affected by mental illness financially and emotionally.

Get Involved

Thank you for your generous tax-deductible donation. You are helping us provide support, education, and advocacy to thousands of people living with mental illness in Illinois.

Get In Touch

The families and members of NAMI Illinois are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.