~ July 10, 2020 ~

Updated Information Related to CoVID-19 Below

Online Support, Education & Webinars for Wellness!

Online Support Groups & Classes Available

~ Peer Lead Support Groups ~

If you would like to join a NAMI Online Support Group via zoom.us, 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.

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.

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:


~ Evidence-based Classes ~

Peer-to-Peer ~ is an 8-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos. However, as with all NAMI programs, it does not include recommendations for treatment approaches. Click to download a flyer to share.

Tuesdays, August 4 – September 22 @ 10:00 am
Register HERE

Family-to-Family ~ is a 8-session course for family, partners, friends and significant others of people living with mental illness. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one  living with a mental health condition. Click to download a flyer to share.

Tuesday, August 4 – September 22 @ 6:00 pm
Register HERE

The following instructions will get you ready on the zoom.us 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.

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.



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, sccnw.org
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 MKatz@sccnw.org
•      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!


ANXIETY AND RETURNING TO WORK, Family Institute at Northwestern University

How to handle our individual anxieties as many prepare to return to their place of business with Jonathan Sutton, Ph.D. and Velizar Nikiforov, M.A., LCPC.

Across the United States, there are varying levels of stay-at-home orders as well as plans in place or already in motion to re-open businesses. According to a recent Gallup poll, seven in ten Americans are hesitant to return to normal activities, while across the world, mental health conditions including acute anxiety and depression are on the rise (according to the World Health Organization).

How can we manage our fears and anxiety if we feel that we lack the information to make confident decisions? How do we as individuals weigh the costs and benefits of returning to places of business and resuming some regular activities? How are anxiety and depression manifesting themselves in new ways during the current crisis? Jonathan Sutton, Ph.D., Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Program and Velizar Nikiforov, LCPC, share their perspectives on the internal factors that contribute to anxiety and strategies on how to manage these new or familiar emotions.


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).

For the most up to date information, please visit the these resources:
· The Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov
· The Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.dph.illinois.gov
· The McHenryCounty Health Department: www.mchenrycountyil.gov
· The City of Chicago’s Dedicated Coronavirus website: www.chicago.gov/coronavirus

* 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!