Welcomes You

NAMI Barrington Area (NAMIBA) is a not-for-profit organization that offers programs and services primarily for those in the suburbs near Barrington, Illinois, but we welcome anyone, regardless of where they live or work. NAMI Barrington Area is an affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with brain disorders, called mental illness, and their families through mutual support, education in mental illness, support of research, and advocacy for improved mental health services. 

 

Upcoming Events -- Please Join Us

 

A special presentation:

Facilitating College Success

 

For students with depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse and other psychological concerns

                                               Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
                                   Barrington Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street, Barrington

NAMI Barrington Area is excited to sponsor a special presentation featuring Dr. Nausheen Din, a specialist in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry, as she highlights some of the roadblocks to college success encountered by students with psychological issues. She will also share her philosophy of hopefulness and helpfulness.

Attendees will learn what to look for and how to best prepare their student for a successful transition to college. Time will also be available for questions from the audience. Refreshments provided.

All are welcome. No charge. Registration is appreciated but not required.

Call Maryrose @847-496-1415 for additional information or a reservation.

 

 

 

Family to Family Classes

 

It's not too soon to register for our NAMI Family to Family classes in the northwest suburbs.

 

Family-to-Family is a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help you understand and support individuals with mental disorders while maintaining your own well being.

These NAMI classes are for family members, partners and friends of individuals with serious mental illness. "This course is a wonderful experience," said one student. "It balances basic education and skills-training with emotional support, self care and empowerment."

 

There is no cost to participate, you don't need to be a NAMI member, and it doesn't matter if you live in a particular chapter's area to attend a class. Registration is necessary as class size is limited. We tend to fill up early, so it's a great idea to call now and get on the list! 

 

Arlington Heights.  Next class will be starting in February 2014 every Wednesday from 6-9pm.  Please call Maryrose 847-496-1415 for information on the class and/or to register or email namiba@NamiBarringtonArea.org

 

Barrington area.  Next class will be starting in February 2014 every Monday from 6:30-9p.m. Please call Maryrose 847-496-1415 information on January 2014 class and/or to register or email namiba@NamiBarringtonArea.org

 

We take registrations on an ongoing basis, so register today.

 

  

Education and Support Groups

Support Groups and Educational Outreach:  NAMI Barrington Area offers support groups for families and individuals and programs for those with a serious mental illness. We will also provide education and outreach programs to help reduce the stigma attached to mental illnesses. 

Family-to-Family Education:  Click here for information.

In Our Own Voice:  Click here for information.

Various Support Groups:  

       Family Support GroupClick here for information.

       Connections Recovery Support GroupClick here for information.

       Support Group for Parents of Children, Teens, and Young Adults to age 26Click here for information.

      

 

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

 

NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
 

                            WHEN:    Every Thursday

                                         7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
                            WHERE:  Northwest Community Hospital

                                         (Mental Health Network building)

                                         901 Kirchoff,       2nd floor

                                         Arlington Heights

Support groups can be very helpful, especially for those going through a crisis. There is no charge and you don't need a reservation to attend.

        

             Call NAMI  Barrington Area  at (847) 496-1415 for more information.

 

 

Family Support Group

NAMI Barrington Area offers support groups for families of those with a serious mental illness. They are held at the following location and times; No registration required and no cost to attend:  (Click here for additional information)

        Weekly at Northwest Community Hospital (Mental Health Network building)

                        901 Kirchoff, Arlington Heights

                        Every Thursday    7:00 - 9:00 pm                                   

          For additional information or questions contact:  

                        Contact NAMI  Barrington Area  at (847) 496-1415 

            Bi-Monthly NAMI PACT

Support Groups for Parents of Children, Teens, and Young Adults to age 26


Our NAMI PACT offering a group for parents of children and adolescents. Biological and adoptive parents are welcome.

                               WHEN: First and Third Friday of each month

                                          6:30-7pm social time

                                          7:00 - 9:00 p.m. formal support time

                               WHERE: Northwest Community Hospital

                                           (Mental Health Network building

                                                  adjacent to parking lot #7)

                                                  901 Kirchoff, 2nd floor

                                                  Arlington Heights

Support groups can be very helpful, especially for those going through a crisis. There is no charge and you don't need a reservation to attend.

Call Toni at tonihoy@comcast.net or (847) 804-2088 after 5 on weeknights for more information. (Please leave a message if you don't catch her.)
 

 

       

NAMI Barrington Area Board Meeting   

     

WHO:          Interested members of NAMI  Barrington Area

WHAT:        NAMI  Barrington Area  Board of Directors meeting

WHEN:        Wednesday, March 19th

                       7:00 - 8:30 pm

        WHERE:      Kildeer Village Hall

           21911 Quentin Road 

           Kildeer, Il.        

 

 

 

 

NAMI Barrington Area Monthly Columns

 

From the President's Desk - by Joseph Jason

"From the President's Desk" is a column that addresses various mental health issues, including such things as housing, problems with our state's mental health system, legislative advocacy, NAMI  Barrington Area  activities, interesting books to read,  and more."  Click here for current and archived messages from the NAMI Barrington Area President, Joseph Jason.

In The Trench - by Toni Hoy

This column highlights all of us living and working "in the trench" with mental illness.  Click here to read "In the Trench"

These NAMI classes are for family members, partners and friends of individuals with serious mental illness. "This course is a wonderful experience," said one student. "It balances basic education and skills-training with emotional support, self care and empowerment."

Success of Family-to-Family Classes Now Evidence-Based - Those of us who have taken or taught NAMI's  Family-to-Family course know it works, but new research confirms it.   

The four-year study, which was reported at this year's NAMI National Conference in Washington DC, was the third undertaken on the effectiveness of Family-to-Family, and the most rigorous so far.

 

It's important for two reasons: It does indeed confirm that the free, 12-week course decreases the burden on family members of people with mental illness (as measured by their own distress, depression, etc.), and that they have better coping and problem solving skills, better access to resources, and more functional families.    

Click here for more information on what is covered during the twelve weeks.

 

Our current Family to Family classes in Barrington and at Northwest Community Hospital are filled to capacity. As evidenced in our very high in attendance, there is a huge need for this type of education and support with these illnesses.

Both classes reached maximum attendance weeks before the first day of class, so if you are interested in attending our January classes it is not too early to register. 
You don't need to be a NAMI member, and it doesn't matter if you live in a particular chapter.                                      
 

There is no cost to participate, but registration is necessary as class size is limited.    

 

To register or request more information contact:    Maryrose at 847-496-1415  (namiba@NamiBarringtonArea.org)

 

 

Advocacy for Improved Mental Health Services in Illinois

NAMI Barrington Area also actively seeks to improve mental health services in Illinois. The need for improved services is critical!

  • Illinois ranked 34th out of the 50 states in per-capita public spending on mental health services and programs in a study recently completed by NAMI National

  • Illinois was one of only eight states that earned a grade of F from NAMI.

  • Illinois ranked well below Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York. and even Mississippi.

  • In many cases, the criminal justice system has become the main method of dealing with the mentally ill.  In fact, in Illinois there are more people suffering from mental illnesses in our prisons than in all of our mental hospitals, public and private, combined!

Members of the new NAMI Barrington Area chapter plan to work with state and local legislators to improve this situation. 


Contact NAMI Barrington Area

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