June 22, 2016

Wheaton, IL: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) DuPage announced that it has received a $20,000 grant from the DuPage Foundation made possible by the Joseph and Bess Kindlon Fund.

The grant will be used to recruit and train six additional peer specialists as part of an expansion to provide free one-on-one mentoring, recovery planning and support services to “at risk” populations encountering mental illness, including women, veterans, minorities, and individuals in the criminal justice system where mental illness was a contributing factor in the commission of their crimes. The peer specialists, themselves, will be representative of the “at risk” groups so that they can better identify with the unique barriers and issues and instill hope and recovery through positive self-disclosure.

“At NAMI DuPage, we see individuals from “at risk” groups that are struggling to make sense of a mental health care system that does not speak their language and is complex to navigate. Through this new initiative and the continuing efforts of our trained peer specialists, we hope to create ecosystems of support throughout DuPage County and link them to NAMI DuPage’s wraparound system of care” stated Angela Adkins, Executive Director. We are grateful to the DuPage Foundation for recognizing the need for these services and funding this initiative.

For more information about NAMI DuPage’s peer support programs, please refer to our website at