Supporting People with Mental Illness

NAMI Metro-Suburban is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental illness. We are a grassroots family and consumer self-help support, education, and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness, their families and friends within the communities of west suburban Cook County, Illinois.

Get in touch! Get Involved!

Contact us with your questions. Drop by our Oak Park Center.
Attend a support group or register for a class.

816 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL 60304
Hours: Monday - Saturday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
708-524-2582 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / get directions


Mental Illness Facts

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt thinking, mood, and ability to relate to others. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are disorders of the brain that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with life's demands.

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Education and Support

NAMI Metro-Suburban's education and support programs offer information and knowledge from people who have been there. They help mentor, support and teach people affected by mental illness, as well as their families.

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We Can Help

With treatment, recovery is not only possible, it is probable. Most people who live with serious mental illnesses can reduce the impact of their illness and find achievement and independence. NAMI understands your challenges and is there for you.

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The Center is a refuge for adults diagnosed with mental illness.

  • The Center is free of charge
  • It is not a treatment center
  • It is open on major holidays
  • A place to relax and not worry about the outside world
  • A place to establish friendships and safe relationships
  • A place to talk to people who experience the same struggles
  • Offers an arts & crafts program


NAMI Mental Health First AidMental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Meets in Forest Park
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 

from 9:00am to 6:00pm

CLASS IS FULL - We are no longer taking new registrations for the class session on April 29th. 


Read more: Mental Health First Aid Class

Share and Connect


The Drop-In Center has helped me a lot.  If I did not come to the center, I would be in a psych ward.  Knowing that I am going to the Drop-In Center helps me get up each day.

James H

I have been coming to the Drop-In Center for years.  I have made friends here and it gives me somewhere to go at 3pm.

Don R

The companionship of people brings joy to the center. 
It is fun being at the Drop-In Center.

Jeremy W

The Drop-in Center gives me the opportunity to meet people.
I appreciate the opportunity to socialize with others.

Gus Z

Drop-In Center is a nice place to go to socialize with others. 
I can relate to the struggles of others who go to the Drop-In Center.

Brian C

The Drop-In Center saved my life. NAMI took me out of isolation. I enjoy being around my peers.


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