The Drop-In Center
814 Harrison St.
Oak Park, IL 60304
NAMI Education Offices
818 Harrison St, 2nd Flr.
Oak Park, IL 60304
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 Wellness Program at the NAMI Metro-Suburban Drop-In Center 

The Drop-In Center provides an array of services to mental health consumers that, through social interactions, enhances their lives and promotes their involvement in the larger community. Social isolation is a problem for people with mental illness and the Drop-In Center serves as a source for ameliorating the effects of this debilitating isolation.  Programming at the Drop-In Center promotes life skills development, enhances self esteem and improves the overall quality of life for its participants through wellness programming.

Support:  Discussions of different types of support groups and their benefits.  Exploring community resources to find the right group for you. Discussions can also center on mental health issues that persons find in common.

Communication:  Participating in expressive arts projects promoting communication of feelings and thoughts

Socialization:  Activities like Superbowl Party or Thanksgiving meals that celebrate special events and holidays while bringing people together.

Leisure:  Activities like watching movies, field trips, book discussions and playing games that provide additional socialization while decreasing stress and promoting physical and mental health.

VocationOn-site job training as well as available resources (computers, peer support) to further your job/volunteer search.

Nutrition:  Providing opportunities to participate in the development of a healthy diet while sharing in the preparation of group meals.

Self-care:  Assistance provided in managing day to day tasks such as scheduling medical appointments or money management.

Beyond your world:  Discussions centering around current events found in the media and how they impact you.

Exercise:  This begins with discussions of how to approach physical activity to promote wellness, as well as joining in on exercise activities (stationary bicycles, walking club, etc.).

Education:  This can include many different potential topics, from health education to understanding ones Social Security benefits.