May 28, 2020

~ Mental Health Awareness Month ~

Updated Information Related to CoVID-19

Online Support, Education & Webinars for Wellness!

Online Support Groups Available

If you would like to join a NAMI Online Support Group via, click on the Support Group link below to register. Once you are registered, you will receive an invite with a private link & Online Support Guidelines. Space is limited to 15 participants per group.

Registration is Open for the following Support Groups: (Click on the Group Name to register.)
Click to download a flyer to share.

Attending a Support Group gives us an opportunity to have a place and time of shared experiences, to find resources and
to help us maintain our mental health and wellness.

Wellness ~ Support group for any adult (18+ years) working on the Frontline caring for others, working in essential services during this unprecedented pandemic. Open to medical personnel, store and/or restaurant employees, delivery drivers, and anyone else in a public-facing job.


Connection ~ Support for individuals (18+ years) living with a mental health diagnosis.


Family Support ~ Support for Family/Friends (18+ years) supporting an individual with a mental health diagnosis. ONLY Register for Daytime or Evening:

The following instructions will get you ready on the platform:

  • You will need to download the Zoom video app for your smartphone, tablet or computer. You can also join by voice from any phone.
  • View our instructions on how to join a meeting here (PDF).
  • Click Here to review Zoom’s Privacy Policy. Zoom is a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing tool that is completely safe, secure, and confidential, and will allow us to continue our services and care for our community.
  •  You will receive Online Group Guidelines with a link to attend.

Amazing Webinars to Attend!

Parent Skill Building

Managing Anger & Conflict with Children/Adolescents

Tuesday, June 9 @ 4:00 pm, Registration Open
Click to download a flyer to share

We cannot underestimate the amount of stress we are under, especially during a pandemic. How long will this last? Will we have to start again in the future? 

  • Understand ways to help you and your child recognize and respond to intense
    emotions in a healthy way especially during times of stress.  Structure helps!
  • Learn how to create routines that you can follow and include time for physical release of energy. Preparation for transitions and less structured times is key!
  • Improve your relationships with your child, reduce conflict and have more enjoyable interactions. Joyful times are essential!
  • Discover evidence-based resources for parents with children living with a mental health condition through NAMI Basics OnDemand. Find support ~ You are Not Alone!

Remote Gatekeeper Training for Adult & Youth

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention for Adults

Individuals attending this training will learn to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to seek help. The basis of QPR is easy to learn and this practice could save a life. QPR Gatekeeper training is at no cost to the community. The remote training is presented in an hour and an additional ten minutes can be added for questions and answers.

Registration Open ~ Click on the date to register

Thursday, May 28 @ 4:00 pm

Now Running…

Youth talk about suicide amongst themselves and on social media. This QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training is a safe and educated way to include young people in what may be a life-saving conversation about how to seek help for themselves or how they can help someone they know. Youths trained in intervention skills can help stop a suicide through effective communication and an empathetic response. The remote training is presented in forty-five minutes to an hour including questions and answers for youth ages 12-17, at no cost.

Registration Open ~ Click on the date to register your Youth

Thursday, June 4 @ 4:00 pm

To Host a Remote QPR Training or Questions?


Food Resource Packet

Due to the COVID-19 situation, many people are experiencing financial distress due to job loss or layoffs. If you answer often true or sometimes true to either of the questions below, please consider utilizing our local food pantries to help you. See the link for further information.
  • Within the past 12 months we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more.
  • Within the past 12 months the food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have money to get more.
Debido a la situación de COVID-19, muchas personas están experimentando dificultades financieras debido a la pérdida de empleos o despidos.
Si responde a menudo verdadero o, a veces, verdadero a cualquiera de las preguntas a continuación, considere utilizar nuestras despensas de alimentos locales para ayudarlo. Vea el enlace para mast información.
  • En los últimos 12 meses, nos preocupaba que nuestra comida se agotára antes de comprar más.
  • En los últimos 12 meses, la comida que compramos se nos terminó y no tuvimos dinero para comprar más.
~ NAMI National Events Coming Soon ~
  • NAMI’s Virtual Town Hall: Demystifying Health Insurance: Practical Advice on Accessing Health Care During COVID-19. Please join us on Thursday, May 28 at 4:00 pm ET to discuss how to support people who have lost their health insurance due to the COVID-19 crisis. Register Here.


Join Stateline SHRM @

Suicide Prevention and Employee Mental Health in the Current CoVID-19 Environment


MCC’s Crisis Intervention and Prevention Services Team Rachel Boldman and Brittany McCafferty will speak to employee stress, addictions, depression and suicide given CoVID-19.  They will also address employees returning to work after not working for a while or returning to the office from working remotely, and how that affects employees mentally with the changing schedules, lay offs, etc.  SHRM and HRCI Credit Pending. 

When: Jun 11, 2020 8:00 am Central Time (US and Canada) 

will begin at 7:45 AM

 Register in advance for this Zoom meeting

SUMMER IOP @ Streamwood Behavioral,

Anxiety and behavior problems have increased in children and teens due to worry and fears related to CoVID-19. We can help your child with this! Join our “Developing Tools To Cope” program this summer, for ages 4-17. Share a  flyer.

Summer Hours:
June 1st – August 7th
Monday through Friday
AM Session: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
PM Session: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm


SATURDAY SUPPORT SEMINARS @ Samaritan Counseling Center,
Our clinicians are available for free, social educational and process-oriented groups through our secure telehealth platform. Groups starting soon. To join, email Dr. Melissa Katz at
•      High School Senior Support– This group allows a safe space to discuss loss, grief and other unexpected challenges our High School Seniors are experiencing. We look forward to processing together and offering supports and interventions that allow our seniors to successfully and confidently move forward.
•      Educator Support- We love and admire our teachers ~ now more than ever! This group pairs educational cohorts together as we discuss the struggles and frustrations of remote learning, maintaining relationships with students from a distance, and reflecting upon our own self worth and ability.
•      Boredom Busters- Let’s work together to come up with creative ideas to combat boredom for kids and adolescents. Many of our community members report feeling like they have nothing to do. We can join together to develop and execute ideas to pass the time and strengthen the community!


In 2020, our “Tools 2 Thrive” theme will provide practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.

We now believe that these tools – even those that may need to be adapted for the short term because of COVID-19 and social distancing – will be more useful than ever.

During the month of May, the tools that will be featured as ways to boost mental health and general wellness are:

Download the 2020 Mental Health Month toolkit  at


Find services for youth, parents & teachers


Visit for more information.

Teen Education and Support Group


Impact of quarantine on socialization, mental health, and academics

The quarantine is easing up. Still more time at home than you wish, but a beginning chance to step back into the world. What struggles have you faced since the quarantine began? What struggles will you face moving forward? What strategies can help you manage this unusual circumstance so that you feel that your life is moving forward?

Virtual Group for Teenagers:

May 5 – June 4, 2020
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 PM

Registration is Required


We Are Still Here to Serve YOU!

Although our offices are closed due to COVID-19/Coronavirus, NAMI will continue to monitor incoming calls remotely and respond to anyone calling needing assistance. If you would like to request a 1:1 with a Recovery or Family Support Team Member, contact can be made by email to set up that appointment via phone or video chat.

Keep checking back to this page ~ we will post a 2-week reopen notice. Hang in there ~ this too shall pass!

We wish to emphasize how important your mental health is to us and our desire to make every effort to support you as best we can during these times of uncertainty.

Here is the list of who you can contact. We will make sure a Team Member returns your call or you receive an email within 48 hours (Monday-Friday).


There is assistance for those with financial hardship

There are companies stepping up to assist people struggling with financial hardship due to the CoVID-19. Click on the links below for further details and links to see if you qualify. If you know of companies offering financial assistance, please email us the link to verify and we will be happy to add it the list.

Pandemic EBT Application Available

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT application for families on May 1 at P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school-age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session.

Families that currently receive SNAP benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits.

Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive NSLP free or reduced-priced meals will need to apply directly with IDHS. IDHS created an English flyer and Spanish flyer to help families with the application process.  An online application is available at


For the most up to date information, please visit the these resources:

· The Centers for Disease Control:
· The Illinois Department of Public Health:
· The McHenryCounty Health Department:
· The City of Chicago’s Dedicated Coronavirus website:

* If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact the McHenry County Crisis Line at 1-800-892-8900 or

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255


Here are reading resources to help provide guidance for your mental & emotional health:

Thank you for your patience. Be Safe & Well!