Our mission is to provide support, advocacy and education in order to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illnesses and their families.
Who We Are: A letter from our E.D.
Now in our 30th year, NAMI DuPage continues to provide a comprehensive array of recovery and family focused services that are unmatched by any other organization in the County and are offered free of charge to the participants. Moreover, NAMI DuPage is keenly aware of the continuing needs of the mentally ill and seeks to expand our programs and services to respond accordingly. NAMI DuPage accomplishes its work because of the remarkable generosity of the DuPage County community and without any federal or state funding and without direct financial support from NAMI’s national and state organizations.
One in four people will experience a mental illness sometime during their lifetime, and one in seventeen will be diagnosed with a mental illness that will severely impact their day to day functionality. Most of us have a family member, a friend, or a work colleague who is struggling to overcome a mental disability. Today more is understood about mental illness, but we have a long way to go to reduce the stigmatization many of those afflicted have to face. Mental illness is still misunderstood, and continues, by many, to be treated as an illness unrelated to the rest of our physical wellbeing.
By using a combination of staff and many dedicated volunteers who have firsthand experience as caregivers and individuals with a mental illness, NAMI DuPage is able to reach out to the community and educate students, teachers, business leaders, professional care givers, first responders – including police departments – and families. We support the families of those suffering from a mental illness, as well as those individuals themselves, with community support groups and education classes. All of our programs for individuals and families are free and we advocate to ensure that individuals living with mental illnesses will be treated fairly and given all of the rights due to them.
Untreated or unsupported mental illness impacts all of us in our businesses, in our families and in our communities. We strive at NAMI DuPage to change the face of mental illness so that education, support and advocacy will lead to earlier diagnosis, understanding and acceptance. At NAMI DuPage, we help to improve and change the lives of those affected by mental illness, which benefits us all.
June 1, 2015