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Celebrating Recovery through Work Elliott and Dianne Steele believed that there had to be a place where individuals with mental illness were celebrated as people and not treated like patients, so they created Vincent House.
Understanding What HIPAA Means for Mental Illness
My Journey With Bipolar
Help for Veterans Involved in the Justice System
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Who We Are And Our Purpose

NAMI Sauk Valley is a self-help, advocacy, non-profit organization dedicated

to improving conditions for the mentally ill and to give support for families,

or friends with mentally ill loved ones.


Service Area

NAMI Sauk Valley serves people in Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties.

Interested people outside these counties are welcome.



Check calender for meeting schedule.   Meetings are rotated between Sinnissippi Centers

in Dixon and Rochelle


What NAMI Sauk Valley Does

Provides support for families by:

  • Education and information about mental illness, and various treatments available.
  • Opportunities for interaction with others experiencing similar problems.
  • Public education to reduce and eliminatediscrimination and the stigma of mental illness.
  • An awareness and involvement in pertinent legislation at all levels of government.
  • Public education to enhance better understanding and respect for those who are mentally ill and their families.
  • Research information, and information about new medications as it becomes available.


What A Family Member Can Do

  • Educate yourself.  Talk with family members, attend educational programs, view quality videos, read book, contact organizations involved with mental health.  Dealing with the unknown can be more difficult than dealing with the disease.
  • Become involved.   get support from others with similar problems.
  • Find professionals who involve families in the treatment plans.
  • Learn of available resources in your community for people with mental illness.
  • Normalize your life as much as possible.
  • Develop outside interest and make time for them.
  • Talk about the illness with your friends and relatives.  Help erase the misunderstanding that some people associate with mental illness.
  • Do fun things!  Laugh! Maintain meaningful relationships.


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