Who We Are
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) for Livingston/McLean Counties is a self-help, nonprofit organization which serves the central Illinois region. An affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with neuro biological brain disorders.
Our purpose is to improve the lives of persons with mental illness and their families through awareness, education, support and advocacy.
Our Membership consists of family members, friends, professionals, and individuals recovering from a mental illness.
Meetings - members:
The Bloomington area
NAMI Family Support Group
The NAMI Family Support Group usually meets the second Saturday of each month from 1-2pm at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1617 East Emerson Street, Bloomington. Exceptions noted below.
Please enter through the South entrance - on the Towanda Avenue side of the building. Go through the double doors and straight down the hall and up the back steps to the doors on the right. Room 210
Future meeting dates (same time and location)
November - No support group meeting
December - NAMI Livingston/McLean Counties Christmas party, noon - 2:00 p.m. December 14, 2013, location to be determined.Appetizers, finger foods, deserts and beverages provided. Donations accepted to cover costs. A good time to come and meet other members. RSVP by December 6, 2013 to Robin at 309-825-8469 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those living near Pontiac, please contact John or Bonnie at (815) 842-1514 or Laura at 815-844-7392, if you would be interested in a support group in your area.
Support for people diagnosed with a mental illness and their adult family
Our principles of support:
1. We see the individual first, not the illness.
2. We recognize that mental illnesses are brain disorders.
3. We aim for better coping skills
4. We find strength in sharing experiences.
5. We reject stigma in ourselves and others.
6.We won't judge anyone's pain as less than our own.
7. We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
8. We embrace humor as healthy.
9. We accept that we cannot resolve all problems.
10. We expect a better future in a realistic way.
11. We will never give up hope.
Just need to talk??
In a non-emergency situation, if you would like to talk to someone that has experienced a similar diagnosis in themselves or a family member, please feel free to contact us at (309) 287-9913 by 8:30 p.m.
What is mental illness: Mental illness facts