Groups -- Mental Health

Friends and Families of the Mentally Ill

Champaign

Family 2 Family (2013 A,L)
This free 12-week course is for family caregivers (parents, relatives, and friends) of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The classes are structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental disorders while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one living with one of these brain illnesses. Meets Tues., 6:30-9:00 p.m. Champaign. Contact Nancy Carter for courses and locations.
Call: Nancy Carter (217) 356-1925
Email:
Local Website: namichampaign.org
National Website: nami.org
Write: NAMI Champaign County, P.O. Box 1514, Champaign, IL 61824

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) - Champaign County (1982 A,L)
This group offers support, education, and advocacy to people with mental illness as well as their loved ones. Members have access to a lending library. NAMI Champaign County offers an array of educational and training programs for people with mental illness, family members, service providers, and the general public. These programs draw on the experiences of family members and people with mental illness who have learned to live well with mental illness and who are eager to help others. Educators and mental health professionals also attend to offer their expertise. Family education, peer support, and social groups, as well as teacher education/in-services are offered free throughout the month. Meets 2nd Mon. (except July and Aug.), 7:00-9:00 p.m., Rosecrance, 1801 Fox Drive, Champaign.
Call: NAMI Information Line (calls answered once a week) (217) 419-5345 or Diane Zell (217) 253-2413
Email: -
Local Website: namichampaign.org
National Website: nami.org
Write: NAMI Champaign County, P.O. Box 1514, Champaign, IL 61824

NAMI Family Support (2013, A/L)
This group is for any family member, friend, or loved one of an adult person with severe mental illness. This group is for adults only and is facilitated by experienced family members. Join us as we learn how to understand and support our loved ones with mental illness. Discover friends who care and understand, and share ideas that can help you better take care of yourself and your family. Learn about community services and how to find them. We listen while you share your experiences and get much needed support. Meets 2nd Thurs., 7:00-9:00 p.m., Colony West Clubhouse, 31 Colony West Dr., Champaign (1st right north of the junction of Prospect and Windsor).
Call: NAMI Champaign (217) 419-5345
Email: -
Local Website: namichampaign.org
National Website: nami.org
Write: NAMI Champaign County, P.O. Box 1514, Champaign, IL 61824

Survivors of Suicide Support Group (Champaign) (1999 F,P)
This group is for family and friends who have experienced a death by suicide. Attendance in the group is ongoing. An initial screening and orientation interview is required to join. Call to schedule an interview before attending the group. There is no fee. Meets 2nd Mon., 6:00-8:00 p.m., Presence Covenant Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St., Urbana.
Call: Erin Brodbeck, LCSW, CT (217) 442-5203
Email:

Douglas

NAMI Families and Caregivers - Tuscola (2014 A,L)
This support group is for family, friends, and concerned others of persons living with a mental illness. The group is led by NAMI trained facilitators who are experienced caregivers. Solve problems, share experiences, and learn from others who have been there. The group has over 30 years of experience in dealing with issues surrounding the care of a loved one with mental illness living in the community. The facilitators are Diane Zell and Donna Mayer. Meets 4th Thurs. 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Tuscola United Methodist Church, 901 N. Prairie, Tuscola, IL
Call: Diane (217) 253-2413, Donna (217) 234-7616, or NAMI Champaign (217) 419-5345
Email: -
Local Website: namichampaign.org
National Website: nami.org
Write: NAMI Champaign County, P.O. Box 1514, Champaign, IL 61824

Peoria

Survivors of Suicide Grief Support Group (Peoria) (1989 A,P/L)
This group provides support to anyone who is grieving over a death by suicide. It does not provide support for those who have attempted suicide. The group is not for children or adolescents. Group literature is available. Meets 1st and 3rd Tues., 7:00-8:30 p.m., Chapel Area at Proctor Hospital, 5409 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria.
Call: Rev. Eimo Hinrichs (309) 697-3342
Email:
Write: Rev. Eimo Hinrichs, 5032 W. Burns Ave., Bartonville, IL 61607