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Our MISSION

Our mission is to provide free mental health education, support, and advocacy
for individuals, family members, and communities.

Upcoming
PROGRAMS & Events
IN PERSON! CONNECTIONS RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
Wed, Nov 25
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health
Nov 25, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health , 626 Bethany Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is for you! It is a recovery support group designed to connect, encourage, and support participants living with a mental health condition. The group uses a structured support group model led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves.
SATURDAY CONNECTION SUPPORT GROUPS
Sat, Nov 28
Online Zoom Meeting
Nov 28, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Online Zoom Meeting
Now offering Online Connection Support Groups for those living with mental health conditions that are 18 and older. Please see details below for more.
LGBTQI+ Support Group
Sun, Nov 29
Online Zoom Support Group
Nov 29, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Online Zoom Support Group
NAMI LGBTQ+ Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for LGBTQ+ adults experiencing mental health conditions You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who have been there.
SATURDAY CONNECTION SUPPORT GROUPS
Sat, Nov 21
Online Zoom Meeting
Nov 21, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Online Zoom Meeting
Now offering Online Connection Support Groups for those living with mental health conditions that are 18 and older. Please see details below for more.
WOMEN'S FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE
Wed, Nov 18
Via Zoom
Nov 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Via Zoom
NAMI KDK'S women's friendship circle provides identifying women 18 and older who have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition (including anxiety, excessive sadness, anger, stress, etc.) a safe, stigma-free place to make connections with others through a variety of recreational activities.
ONLINE FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS
Tue, Nov 17
Via Zoom, the link will be emailed to you
Nov 17, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Via Zoom, the link will be emailed to you
NAMI KDK's Family Support Group is for those who are 18 and older that have a loved one living with a mental health condition.
Circulo de Amistad de Mujeres
Thu, Nov 19
Via Zoom
Nov 19, 7:00 PM – 8:40 PM
Via Zoom
El círculo de amistades de mujeres de NAMI KDK ofrece a las mujeres mayores de 18 años que han experimentado síntomas de una afección de salud mental (que incluyen ansiedad, tristeza excesiva, ira, estrés, etc.) un lugar seguro y libre de estigmas para establecer conexiones con otras personas.
Testimonials from nami kdk participants

"The NAMI KDK Family Support Group monthly meeting became a constancy in my life since the summer of 2018, the year that a serious mental health condition emerged in our son and dominated our family life.

 

In those bewildering and confusing early months, my wife and I got to hear and learn from people who’s been there, a whole lifetime into it, and still ongoing. It gave us our reality check. This isn’t going to magically go away. It will be a lifetime of work, a lifetime of love.

 

Each monthly regrouping gave opportunities for shared grieving and learning through updates of our ongoing lives, good news of recovery and pains of setbacks. We tell our stories of personal struggles: emotional ups and downs, frustration with medical services, bump-ins with law enforcement, and how only families of loved ones with mental illness can understand what we’re going through.

 

After a temporary halt due to social distancing, NAMI KDK’s Family Support Group monthly meeting resumed via Zoom video conferencing for May. It worked! I do miss being at the same table as my NAMI family. The updates and sharing happened naturally! Emotions and caring happened! It worked!

 

I’m happy that this one constancy in my life continues in these times of uncertainty."

 

-John L.

 

"During a time when I felt hopeless, alone and lost I was told to try NAMI support groups.
I didn't know anyone in my family or friends that had a mental health condition that I could talk to.  
NAMI Connections Support Groups opened up a whole new world of hope, understanding and empathy.
I was amazed at how fast I could relate to individuals I didn't even know and soon found that it was a wonderful
way to get support and answers when no one else could provide them for me. NAMI educated me on
my bipolar disorder; how to cope and manage my highs & lows.  It's wonderful making connections
with individuals who have similar experiences that I've had. NAMI has become like a second home to me, where
I feel comfortable and can be myself without hiding anything.  Every connections group session is so unique
because you never know who will attend or what they will have to say.  I've learned to accept my mental health
condition and turn my back to the stigma.  NAMI helped show me the way and I'm forever grateful."

-Joe 

 
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