Staff Training & Presentations

Hospitalization for a mental health diagnosis coincides with a number of challenging emotions. Among the strongest, especially for those at the beginning of their journey toward recovery, are denial and hopelessness. These related emotions commonly interfere with recovery.

To help those coping with natural reactions of this kind, NAMI DuPage has a numerous and diverse group that makes up our Speakers Bureau. These speakers are trained to tell their personal stories and draw others toward hope and acceptance. With speaking programs in all 6 full service DuPage County Hospitals, NAMI DuPage has a significant presence for anyone undergoing in-depth mental health treatment in our area. We serve both inpatient and partial hospitalization clients in both adult and adolescent programs.

What does a presentation look like?

During a speaking session, two speakers from our Speakers Bureau tell their stories, progressing through their “dark days” to connect with current patients, and moving through their own periods of treatment, acceptance, and post-diagnosis achievements. When family members are present, such as during visiting hours, our diagnosed speakers are paired with a speaker who is a family members of someone with a mental illness. Participants are also given an opportunity to interact with speakers through questions and comments. All this maximizes credibility and creates a cooperative recovery atmosphere.

Our Recovery Connection Speakers Bureau is consistently well-reviewed, and post-program surveys demonstrate that as persons personally-affected by mental illness, our Speakers are indeed able to draw participants toward a unique recovery of their own.

Speakers also speak to hospital staff and clinicians. Our unique perspective, created through our commitment to giving voice to those personally affected by mental illness, is particularly suited to creating empathy and understanding.


For more information contact:
Meredith Kober – Community Education Director
630-752-0066  x 207