History of NAMI of McHenry County

The story of NAMI of McHenry County began in 1987 with a small group of families.   They began meeting together to seek mutual support, share their experiences of living with mental illness, and educate themselves and others about what families encounter when a family member has a mental illness.  None of that group realized then what an impact they would have in the community, and how the lives of so many would be changed.

NAMI quickly grew to serve many families in McHenry County, offering more free services as more opportunities became available to offer a variety of educational classes, workshops, and support groups that appeal not only to those diagnosed with a mental illness, but to their family members and the community at large.

Through support from the McHenry County Mental Health Board, NAMI McHenry County established the Phoenix House in 1996.  This Group Home continues to provide housing and 24-hour services for individuals with severe mental illness through services provided by Thresholds.

NAMI-MC’s Annual Walk for Mental Illness Awareness began in 2002.  The walk raises funds to help support NAMI programs in McHenry County.  Money raised at this annual event provides funding necessary for our organization to be able to print materials used in all of our programs and to be able to offer all of our programs free to the community.

Today, NAMI of McHenry County is one of over 30 affiliates in the State of Illinois, and is an active part of NAMI Illinois and the national NAMI organization.