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 important topics. These presentations are open to anyone: family members, individuals, professionals, or general community members.


August 13, 2020
NAMI Family & Friends

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

What You’ll Learn

The seminar will be led by NAMI Illinois Program Director Teri Latter and  Elba Stewart. The seminar is led by those with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI and community resources

Webinar will be held via Zoom 

Register HERE

Download the Family and Friends Participant Companion E-book HERE
(If you would like to order a printed spiral bound version of this guide, please contact Meredith at The cost is $10, plus $3 S&H. Other languages are also available, please email Meredith for language availability.)

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

July 30, 2020
Co-occuring Disorders in Young Adults

View Recording (available soon)
See Power Point Handouts HERE

July 2, 2020
Learn about Illinois ABLE Accounts

View Recording HERE
See Webinar Materials HERE

June 16, 2020
Social Security/Disability

View Recording HERE
See Power Point Handouts HERE
Link to Presenter Website HERE

May 28, 2020
Living In Recovery: A Peer Conversation

View Recording HERE.

May 19, 2020
NAMI PD Connect Community Update

View Recording HERE.

May 14, 2020
Suicide Awareness during Social Distancing: Why Connections Really Matter Now

View Recording HERE.

April 28, 2020
Parenting Kids & Teens Through the Pandemic

View Recording HERE.

April 14, 2020
Communicating, Coping, and Co-existing through COVID-19

View Recording HERE.