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NAMI of Greater ChicagoThe Alliance on Mental Illness

Mailing Address:
1536 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Phone: (312) 563-0445
Fax: (312) 563-0467

Contact Person: intake


Web Site: http://www.namigc.org

Population Served:
Mental Illness/Mental Health

To hope and improve the quality of life for those in the greater Chicago area whose lives are affected by serious mental illness.

NAMI-GC provides information, referral, education, and support services including: -HELPLINE: (312) 563-0445 staffed by knowledgeable consumers of mental health services, family members, and supporters 10am-5pm every weekday. Provides information and referral services. -Pathways in Living Education Course for mental health consumers (8-week course developed by NAMI of Greater Chicago) delivered four times each year. -Family-to-Family Education Course for family members (12-week course developed by the National NAMI) delivered four times each year. (Also available in Spanish). -Consumer and family support groups -Speaker's Bureau -Support group start-up information -Chicago College Outreach Program--improving the support, information, referral-access, and education available to Chicago-area college students regarding mental illness. -Mental Health Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) with the Chicago Police Department -NAMIWalks Chicago: awareness and fundraising event held annually in Chicago's Grant Park--September 23rd, 2007!

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and mentoring of family members or youth (e.g., to assume leadership roles, act as provider)
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• Provide advocacy
• Conduct social marketing

Organization type:
• A local family-run chapter of a national or statewide organization

Region(s) served:
• Statewide
• Local

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