NAMI McHenry County Introduces Youth Mental Health First Aid to McHenry County  

Youth Mental Health First Aid offered April 9th & 10th from 9am – 1pm (Must attend both days to receive certification) To register call NAMI at 815-308-0854. No fees for the class.

NAMI McHenry Joins National Initiative to Increase Mental Health Literacy .

 NAMI McHenry County is initiating the Youth Mental Health First Aid program in McHenry County.  The organization will train 25 members of the public to improve youth mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.  

“We are thrilled to bring Mental Health First Aid to our community,” said Heather Diab, CRSS, of NAMI.  “This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention; it really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experience mental illnesses and addiction.  It will help rid this community of the associated stigma and move more and more people toward recovery.” 

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions, and secure appropriate care for the individual. The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.  Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma, and increasing the amount of help provided to others. 


The CRSS will infuse the mental health system with hope and empowerment, and improve opportunities for others to:

  • Develop hope for recovery.
  • Increase problem solving skills.
  • Develop natural support networks.
  • Participate fully in life in the community.

Heather and Cheryl are employed specifically to use their personal recovery experiences to facilitate and support the recoveries of others and to help shape the mental health system in McHenry County.

Please call Heather Diab at 815-308-0854 or Cheryl Niemo at 815-308-0853 if you would like help with your own recovery or someone you know needs help with recovery!


About Us

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of McHenry County (NAMI-MC) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who are affected by mental illness.  We offer an array of free programs and services, including self-help groups, family and community education, and advocacy.

NAMI-MC is an affiliate of NAMI, a non-profit organization with more than 210,000 members in all fifty states.  NAMI support and education programs are organized by our volunteer staff who are specially trained and certified. There is no fee to participate.

We hope that you will join us for one of the many opportunities we offer.  You will find support in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding of what you confront when you, or someone you love, has a mental illness.  We understand, because we have experienced it ourselves and joyfully share what we have learned with you.

With NAMI, you are not alone.

Visit Us

Our offices and library are located at 620 Dakota Street,Crystal Lake, IL. Please drop by to say hello and browse our library resources.

If you or a loved one are in a crisis situation, call the 24 hour McHenry County Crisis Line at 1-800-892-8900.

Contact us

If you have questions regarding mental health issues or services, desire more information about our programs or membership, or have an interest in volunteering with NAMI-MC, please contact our office: 815-308-0851.

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