Recreation & Social Programs

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.

Our regular recreation opportunities are currently on hold, but please scroll down to take a look at all the wonderful virtual options that are available via Zoom!

To access Zoom meetings that you have registered for, please note that you can only access them using the link you received in your confirmation email by using the Zoom Desktop Client, or the Zoom Mobile App. You will NOT be able to access the meeting through the Zoom Web Client. For more information, please see the dropdown below.

Accessing the pre-registered session through Zoom Desktop Client or Zoom Mobile App is the ONLY way to access the meeting. We apologize for any confusion this may cause.

To download the Zoom desktop client, please see THIS LINK.
To download the mobile app, see THIS LINK.

View our instructions on how to join a meeting here (PDF). Need a video walk-through? Watch this to learn how to access a Zoom meeting via a desktop or laptop computer.

Zoom Download Info

**NEW Event**
Virtual Trivia!
Mondays at 7 PM

Think you know things? Join us for Trivial Pursuit on Mondays from 7-8:30 PM starting September 14. Bring your own dice if you can, and don’t forget to invite your friends!

Register for Trivia HERE!


**NEW Event**
Stay in and Stay Well

If you need or want a safe space to stay connected socially, please join us on Zoom for fitness, nutrition, mindfulness tips!

Wednesdays, 10-11 AM
September 16 – October 7
Register HERE

**NEW Event**
Stay in Play

Looking to expand your virtual social circle? Join us on Zoom for various fun meet and greet activities.

Wednesdays, 1-2PM
September 16 – October 7
Register HERE


Book Club
3rd Mondays at 10 AM

Love to read? Need a community with other readers? Join us for a book club where we discuss different titles and why we loved them.

Register for Book Club HERE


Virtual Bingo!
Fridays at 7 PM

After being stuck at home for so long, we’re all looking for creative ways to stay connected and have some fun! Since Bingo is our most popular recreational activity at the Community Center, we decided to keep it going!

We will connect socially using Zoom web conferencing. Once we have all registrants, we will provide links to connect to our Zoom video group and a digital bingo card that you can play right on your computer or smartphone, alongside the video chat.

Any questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact us. Don’t forget to invite your friends!

Register for Virtual Bingo HERE!
Bingo Card: Click here


Have an idea for a virtual recreation activity? Let us know!
E-mail Nancy, Recreation Manager: n.leguizamon@namidupage.org


Normal recreation programs and activities are postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. The information below regards the programs we offer normally, and will continue to offer once in-person gathering is deemed appropriate.

More information

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.

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

Special Event Program Registration

To sign up for any of our Special Event Recreational Programs fill out the form below. If none are listed, that means none are available at this time.