Educational Programs

Since all our regular in-person support groups listed below are cancelled due to the need to lessen the spread of the Covid-19, NAMI in Illinois has started up Online Support for Family Support, Parent Support and Connection Recovery Groups (via Zoom web conferencing and by telephone).

If you wish to register for any of these online support groups you may go to . Or contact NAMI NWS at 847-899-0195 or for more information

Family to Family Program

This is an amazing 8 week program (meeting once a week) for family and friends of those suffering from mental illness. You are not alone! Please contact NAMI Northwest Suburban for dates and availability at or call 847-899-0195.

•   Call Teri at 847-809-6038 to inquire about and/or be put on waiting list for Spring 2020 classes (in Barrington).

•   Call NAMI CCNS at 847-716-2252 for info/registration (in Glencoe).

NAMI Basics for Parents - (Basics on Demand):

Speaker Meetings: Jan, Mar, May, Sep & Oct (Please see Upcoming Events for Details).  

Educational speakers at our NAMI Northwest Suburban monthly meetings offer insight and education on various topics. Speaker Meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

Join us at 7:00pm at Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health, 3436 N. Kennicott Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004.  No reservation required.

Ending the Silence Available at Local Schools: This is a NAMI National Signature Program intended for middle school and high school aged students. NAMI NWS has had the honor of presenting this program in several local area high schools for the past 8 years. The program has received exceptionally positive reviews from faculty and students.

The focus of the presentation is to make students aware of the need to talk about mental health issues as early as possible in their recognition of symptoms in themselves or in their family or friends. The program includes two presenters with lived experience with mental illness. One of the speakers is a young adult who shares his or her experience with the students, thus students are made aware that mental illness is more common and treatable. A video presentation accompanies the presentation.

This no cost program is available to all middle and high school classes. If you would like to receive more information on how to bring this program to a school in the Northwest Suburbs, please email NAMI NWS at

NAMI IL Convention:   More details to follow.

The NAMI Illinois State Conference brings together hundreds of family members impacted by mental illness, persons with mental illness, NAMI affiliate leadership throughout the state, and professionals in the field from across Illinois. This event is exceptionally informational and timely for all persons interested in mental health support services, advocacy and research.

Continuing Education Units for Social Workers and Counselors are available.  Register by September 1st for best price!