Speaker Series

NAMI DuPage knows how important it is to provide information on the best educational and supportive services available for people affected by mental illness and for community organizations and service providers. Through the NAMI DuPage Speaker Series, we invite professionals and peers to the table to speak on their experiences and knowledge as it relates to some of the topics that we receive the most questions about. These presentations are open to anyone: family members, individuals, professionals, or general community members.

*New Event*

Living in Recovery: A Peer Conversation

Join us for an open and thoughtful conversation from the perspective of individuals living with a mental illness, who will discuss the factors that impact developing an understanding of one’s own ability that moves them towards attaining personal goals.

Joining in on the conversation is Erica Sokol, LCPC who will speak on the need to see more integration of the clinical and peer perspective working together.

Some of the topics that will be discussed include:
  • Recovery
  • Hope
  • Personal Identity
  • Self-Direction
  • Empowerment

Register HERE

*Coming soon*

Social Security Disability: Change and Confusion

What is This Presentation About?

The different Social Security disability law and programs:

  • How Social Security analyzes claims
  • How to prepare the strongest case possible to the Social Security Administration
  • The application process and how months can be shaved from the processing time
  • Practical hints in dealing with the bureaucracy
  • How to communicate with physicians
  • How to minimize the chance of delays and lost files
  • Rules regarding how to return to work while on SSDI and SSI

Video Conferencing

View our instructions on how to join a meeting here (PDF).

Need a video walkthrough? Watch this to learn how to access a Zoom meeting via a desktop or laptop computer.

Please Click Here to review Zoom’s Privacy Policy. Zoom is a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing tool that is completely safe, secure, and confidential, and will allow us to continue our services and care for our community while also protecting them by practicing physical distancing.

If you have any questions about online support or other resources during this time, please contact Patty Johnstone at or 630-752-0066 x 205.

Past Virtual Events

May 19, 2020

View Recording HERE.

May 14, 2020

View Recording HERE.

April 28, 2020

View Recording HERE.

April 14, 2020

View Recording HERE.