Who We Are
NAMI DuPage was founded by a group of parents in 1985 as an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nationwide mental health advocacy organization who were dedicated to improving the quality of lives of people affected by mental illnesses. These parents were looking for services for their children, who had been diagnosed with mental illnesses. By joining forces, their goal was to advocate for improved services. NAMI DuPage has grown from this handful of parents to an organization of over 1,000 members, and has become one of the largest and most innovative of over 600 affiliates nationwide. NAMI has been a catalyst for change and reform in DuPage County.
To provide support, advocacy and education in order to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illnesses and their families.
We envision a community that eliminates the stigma of mental illness, creates awareness to identify illness earlier, and supports and empowers all people impacted by mental health conditions to live life with purpose and meaning.
HOPE: We believe in the possibility of living in recovery, wellness, and the potential in all of us.
INCLUSION: We embrace diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives.
EMPOWERMENT: We promote confidence, self-efficacy, and service to our mission.
COMPASSION: We practice respect, kindness, and empathy.
FAIRNESS: We advocate for equity and justice.
Where We’re Located
Set in the heart of Wheaton, the Linda A. Kurzawa Community Center – in partnership with the DuPage County Health Department – is a space for both organizations to provide vitally needed services and support DuPage County residents dealing with mental illness.
This facility is for individuals and family members to be able to enjoy social interaction. The building is beautifully designed around the Greek elements of “Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water.” NAMI’s location in the “Water” section of the Center symbolizes our commitment to providing both calm and tranquility alongside powerful advocacy for mental illness.
Linda A. Kurzawa Community Center
115 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187