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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).

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

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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.

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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.

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Understanding Change

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

COVID-19 pandemic strains mental health infrastructure, leaving patients vulnerable

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December 7, 2020 By Leah Hope ABC7 https://abc7chicago.com/covid-pandemic-mental-health-suicide-prevention-therapy-chicago/8593857/ The COVID-19 pandemic has not just worsened existing mental health issues in individuals, like depression or anxiety, but has also strained the state of Illinois’ psychiatric infrastructure, leaving patients vulnerable. Eric Cowgill … Read more

Illinois dedicates $2M to Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide for veterans

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Nov 10, 2020 KWQC https://www.kwqc.com/2020/11/10/illinois-dedicates-2m-to-governors-challenge-to-prevent-suicide-for-veterans/ Officials with the state of Illinois announced on Monday that the state will be joining a multi-state effort in lowering suicide rates among veterans. This will be done through mental health offerings and preventative services. … Read more

A Word to the Wise: Caregiver Take Care

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Nov 18, 2020 By Linda Snow-Griffin, Ph.D. NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/November-2020/A-Word-to-the-Wise-Caregiver-Take-Care What airline passenger truly loves flying in turbulent conditions? My husband, who is a private pilot, likes to remind me that turbulence is like driving on a bumpy country road. While … Read more

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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.

Upcoming NAMI Illinois Events

Upcoming Events

Fri 15

NAMI Parent Support Group

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST
Mon 18

NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST
Tue 19

NAMI LGBTQ+ Connection Support Group

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST
Wed 20

NAMI Family to Family Support Group

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST

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  • The Hidden ‘Fourth Wave’ of the Pandemic December 9, 2020
    Farhad Manjoo, opinion columnist, discusses the impending mental health crisis. According to a new Gallup survey, Americans’ assessment of our mental health is “worse than it has been at any point in the last two decades.” But now comes winter and the holidays, a time of special dread. Even in ordinary years, this season turns […]
  • Therapists Predict How The Holidays Will Affect Our Mental Health December 9, 2020
    While many people look forward to the holiday months, the “most wonderful time of the year” does not come without its fair share of stressful situations. From family to finances, this season can trigger anxiousness for some people, and exacerbate existing mental health issues. “Holidays are usually a hard time for some people, and part […]

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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.