Recreation & Social Programs

Recreation Program Need

Our clients and their family members consistently report that the feelings of loneliness and isolation experienced by those individuals and families struggling with mental illness can be crippling and can derail the recovery process. Research also supports the idea that stigma, alienation and isolation all plague those with mental illness. To remedy this situation, NAMI DuPage offers a variety of recreation and social programs.

Recreation Program Description

With the creation of our Community Center building, shared by the DuPage County Health Department, NAMI DuPage was able to significantly expand the recreation and social opportunities available for individuals who have mental illness. We have recreation options available on weekdays, weeknights and some weekends. We offer programs such as Yoga, Personal Fitness, Meditation, Art, Jewelry Making, Music, Games, and more. We also have casual Drop In Center programs in Wheaton, Naperville (partnering with WDSRA) and Westmont (partnering with SEASPAR) where a free meal and activity are offered. Family members and friends are always welcome to attend and the majority of recreation programs are free to attend and happen year round.

Recreation Program Goals

  • Introduce people to new recreation activities and opportunities
  • Encourage socialization and meeting new people outside of a support group setting
  • Increase self-esteem through involvement of activities offered
  • Increase sense of belonging in the community
  • Increase feelings of satisfaction, decrease feelings of isolation, depression and stress
  • Maintain good physical and mental health
  • Reduce re-hospitalizations
  • Improve overall quality of living

Recreation Program Flyers

Recreation Flyer, Fall 2018 (Day & Evening Programs)

Recreation Flyer – Winter 2018-2019 (Day & Evening Programs)

To view the Drop In Center Schedule in Naperville (in partnership with WDSRA)

To view the Drop In Center Schedule in Westmont (in partnership with SEASPAR)

Recreation Programs Offered

Please click the links below to view the current recreation programs that we are offering and to register.
To register for a class, click on one of the class options below. Call NAMI DuPage at (630) 752-0066 with any additional questions.

Upcoming Classes

Date/Time Event
11/20/18
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Art (7-8:30pm)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
11/20/18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Yoga (At St. Paul's UCC, Downers Grove, 7-8pm)
St. Paul UCC – Downers Grove, Downers Grove IL
11/20/18
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Meditation (At St. Paul's UCC, Downers Grove, 8-8:30pm)
St. Paul UCC – Downers Grove, Downers Grove IL
11/21/18
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sports & Fitness (10:30-11:30am)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
11/26/18
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Yoga (10:30-11:30am)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
11/26/18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Personal Fitness (7-8pm)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
11/26/18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Yoga (7-8pm)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
11/26/18
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Meditation (8-8:30pm)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
11/27/18
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Cultural Art Activities (10:30-11:30am)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
11/27/18
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Art (7-8:30pm)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
11/27/18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Yoga (At St. Paul's UCC, Downers Grove, 7-8pm)
St. Paul UCC – Downers Grove, Downers Grove IL
11/27/18
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Meditation (At St. Paul's UCC, Downers Grove, 8-8:30pm)
St. Paul UCC – Downers Grove, Downers Grove IL
11/28/18
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sports & Fitness (10:30-11:30am)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
11/28/18
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
NAMI Drop In Center (5:30-7pm)
Community Center, Wheaton IL
11/29/18
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Games (10:30-11:30am)
Community Center, Wheaton IL

Register for a Recreation Program

If you would like to register for a recreation program, please click the link below or click the link to a specific program under “Upcoming Classes” for more details.

Click here to register

 

Recreation Evaluation

If you have been to a NAMI DuPage recreation program and would like to fill out our evaluation form to give us more feedback or suggestions, please click here.