Lake County provides:
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of Lake County is
a non-profit, self-help organization of families, friends,
patients and professionals, dedicated to improving the quality
of life for persons affected by neurobiological brain disorders
(commonly known as mental illnesses), such as schizophrenia,
anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder,
autism, and depression.
Lake County is affiliated with NAMI and NAMI Illinois, giving
its members support, education and advocacy at three levels:
local, state and national. Our mission is to provide support,
education, advocacy, and resources to those who suffer from
neurobiological brain disorders and their families.
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NAMI of Lake County offers friendship, understanding,
encouragement, and mutual support to all who are faced with a chronic
neurobiological brain disorder of a loved one. Family members learn
coping skills by sharing their experiences and exploring solutions to
common problems. Families and those with neurobiological brain
disorders learn that they are not alone, the disorder is treatable, and
the illness is not anyone's fault.
NAMI of Lake County educates through meetings, conferences,
training and educational materials for families and professionals.
Monthly general meetings feature speakers on topics that educate our
members and the community about mental illness and related issues.
Speakers and resource materials are provided for meetings of other
organizations. NAMI of Lake County members have opportunities to
volunteer in programs and community events designed to educate the
public and/or aid those who suffer from brain disorders.
NAMI of Lake County brings the needs of persons with a
neurobiological brain disorder and the needs of their families to the
attention of legislators, service providers, medical staff, and the
general public. The organization protects the rights of persons with
neurobiological brain disorders and actively presses for improved
community support services.
NAMI of Lake County:
- Founded the Independence Center, 2025 Washington,
Waukegan (847)360-1020, a psychosocial/vocational rehabilitation
program for persons with neurobiological brain
- Founded Lake County Enterprises, Inc. to develop
businesses that provide therapeutic employment for individuals with
a psychiatric disability. Operates Uptown Café (formerly
Mes Amis) 300 B Grand Ave. , Waukegan.
- Successfully lobbied for the establishment of the Lake
County Health Department's Group Home.
- Worked with the staff of the College of Lake County to
develop supports that enable persons with a psychiatric disability
to make successful enrollments.
- Periodically offers classes such as NAMI's Visions for Tomorrowand Family-to-Family education
courses for members and the general public.
- Produced a stigma-busting video that also restores hope
and promotes community support services.
- Developed the Lake County Resource
Guide for Mental Illness and Other Neurobiological Brain
Disorders - text, forms, references and service &
support organizations for mental illness and other neurobiological
Libertyville, IL 60048
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Last Updated: April 22, 2009