The National Alliance on Mental Illness-McHenry County (NAMI-MC) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those whose lives are affected by mental illness.

RESOURCES

SUPPORT

1-TO-1 PEER SUPPORT*:

  • Provided by a NAMI-MC Peer Support Specialist – for individuals living with a mental health condition and/or their family members.

*Does not replace therapy or counseling

 FAMILIES:

Family Support Group

  • Every Wednesday @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 Centegra Woodstock, 3701 Doty Road, Woodstock, Illinois (In the Heart Center)

A peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.

General Meeting – Education & Support Group

  • 3rdThursday of every month @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Community Resource Center, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake

Educational Presentation   7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Different topic each month)
Support Groups*   8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*Groups depend on attendance and could include separate groups for: family members; persons with a diagnosis; parents/caregivers of youth and adolescents; newcomers; and/or topic specific to evening’s presentation.

Individuals Living With A Mental Health Condition:      

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (For ages 18+)

  • Wednesdays @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Community Resource Center, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake
  • Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Community Resource Center, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake

Recovery International (for ages 18+)

  • Mondays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Centegra Hospital – Main Entrance – Room C, 10400 Haligus Road, Huntley
  • Thursdays @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Community Resource Center, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake

EDUCATION

EMPOWERMENT ZONE: IL Div. of Mental Health Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Calls:  Join us at the Community Resource Center, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake, IL. For more information call Debby at 815-308-0853.

  • Recovery Empowerment Calls – 4th Thursday @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • 30 minutes of peer support and discussion will be offered after the Empowerment calls

                                                       

Family-to-Family Free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals living with severe mental illnesses that discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.  Registration required.
Peer-to-Peer Free 10-week course for consumers which covers individual relapse prevention, debriefing/storytelling, and an advance directive for psychiatric care.
WRAP

(Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Free 8-12 week course for consumers developed by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland. Designed to be a self-education opportunity to gain insight into one’s wellness in order to empower people to maintain optimal well-being. Design a plan to respond to your needs at any level including being prepared for crisis.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) &

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

Free groundbreaking public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.  Youth MHFA builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly, teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

ADVOCACY

  • Speakers Bureau: Book an In Our Own Voice presentation and hear personal recovery stories from people living successfully in recovery from mental illnesses, or hear presentations from NAMI-MC volunteers/staff on other mental health topics based on your organization’s needs
  • Advocate at local, state, and national levels; receive legislation updates by email
  • McHenry County Mental Health Court – State’s Attorney 815.334.4159

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Support NAMI – Visit www.namimchenrycounty.org for details