NAMI Illinois recognizes that the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and cheer and gatherings, but for some families the reality can be very different, particularly for those impacted by a mental illness. Our many affiliates have programs and services that can help combat that feeling of being alone, now and throughout the year.
Connection Recovery Support Groups offer those living with a mental illness regular support in a safe, peer-led environment. The majority of the twenty NAMI affiliates in Illinois have at least one Connection group. Click here to find a Connections group near you.
Drop-in centers are open to adults living with mental illness who are looking for an inviting and comfortable place to relax and socialize with their peers:
- NAMI Metro Suburban’s Oak Park Drop-In Center is hosting several holiday gatherings. Learn more about them here.
- The Kenneth Young Center in Elk Grove Village is open 364 days per year and hosts many activities and fellowship now. Click herefor a complete schedule, including the times of their Connection Recovery Support Groups.
- Williams Consent Decree offers two drop-in centers for those living in the Northern suburbs. Learn more here.
- The Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center offers a drop-in center for those living on the West Side of Chicago. Learn more here.
Additionally, one-on-one peer counseling services are available through several NAMI affiliates in Illinois and provide the opportunity for individuals to work with peer support specialists regarding their recovery.
Visit our website to find the NAMI Illinois location nearest you and then visit the affiliate’s website to get more information on the programs and services they offer.
Have a joyous and blessed holiday season. And, remember, you are not alone.