About Us

Dedicated to improving the lives of people, families and communities affected by mental illness

Our Mission

We Believe that caring for mental health strengthens communities, shared experience empowers individuals, and access to quality care is a basic human right.

We Envision and work to create a future where every person in the region is aware of mental health and has fully equitable access to care, attaching no stigma to mental illness and finding hope in the fact that it is treatable and that recovery is possible.

Who We Are

NAMI Metro Suburban is a grassroots individual and family mental health support, education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people, families and communities affected by mental illness in the western suburbs of Cook County.

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, families and communities affected by mental illness in the western suburbs of Cook County. NAMI Metro Suburban is one of 900 affiliates nationwide.

Our History

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, families and communities affected by mental illness in the western suburbs of Cook County. NAMI Metro Suburban is one of 900 affiliates nationwide.

1992
1992

Our Beginning

Our history began with 5 women who had adult children and would see each other monthly at Madden State Hospital for their loved-one’s psychiatric visits. Frustrated that there were no other supports for their adult children in the community, they opened the NAMI Drop-in Center. After 25 years, it is the oldest free-standing Drop-in center in the State of Illinois. Since those early years, the Drop-in Center has expanded in programs and services and over the years it has been a beacon of hope for thousands of people.

2011
2011

First Expansion

NAMI expanded again to begin to deliver important mental health education to students and families. Through our Ending the Silence program, we have reached over 6,000 middle and high school students this year alone.

2016
2016

First Living Room

NAMI Metro Suburban opened the first Living Room in the western suburbs of Cook County. Located in LaGrange, the Living Room is an alternative to an emergency room for individuals experiencing an elevation in mental health related symptoms.

2018
2018

Second Living Room

Based on the success of the Living Room in LaGrange, NAMI Metro Suburban opened a second Living Room in Broadview, IL.

2020
2020

Continued Expansion

NAMI Metro Suburban continuing to expand its reach into under-served communities, opened a Living Room in Summit, IL

With Your Help We've Accomplished...

9700+

Hours of service in the community annually

$2m

Saved in diverted emergency room visits

8,500+

Teens reached through mental health education

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