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: 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 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: 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: NAMI metro Suburban opened the first Living Room in the western suburbs of Cook County. The Living Room is an alternative to an emergency room for individuals experiencing an elevation in mental health related symptoms.
Over the years, NAMI Metro Suburban has expanded its reach in the Western Suburbs to provide education, advocacy and support in Oak Park, River Forest, Lyons Township, Proviso Township, Berwyn and Cicero.
NAMI Metro-Suburban is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.