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Board of Directors are held:

The third Wednesday of every month

7:00 p.m.

The Calvary Church

Orchard Drive and Lincoln Highway

Park Forest, Illinois

Membership/Educational Meetings are held:

    The 4th Thursday of every month (except June, July and August)

    7:00 p.m.

    Church of Christ

    206th and Crawford, Matteson, Illinois


For information about upcoming speakers and meeting topics, see our Events Page.


Family Support Meetings are held:


    2nd Thursday of every month and will continue during the summer.

    7:00 p.m.

    Church of Christ

    206th and Crawford, Matteson, Illinois


The NAMI support group is for relatives and friends of persons with serious mental illnesses (brain disorders).  Families having difficulty finding help for their loved ones who are ill or who are facing strained family relationships can find help in such a group setting where mutual self-help is available from others who do understand and who have experienced similar difficulties.


The meeting, sponsored by the NAMI affiliate in the south suburbs not only provides an opportunity to meet others in similar circumstances but is a way to learn new information and, perhaps most of all to gain hope of successful outcomes.  Sharing concerns and hearing how others deal with problems and successes can show that all is not bleak.


Volunteer facilitators lead the group, which meets on the second Thursday of each month throughout the year at the same time and location.  There is no charge to attend.  For further information about the group and/or NAMI, please call John Rowley at 708.798.3862.




NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group:



NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago, P.O. Box 275, Olympia Fields, IL 60461


             New Support Group for Individuals with Mental Illnesses Meets Weekly


 NAMI Connection, a recently formed recovery support group for persons who have mental illnesses, meets every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at 12145 S. Western Ave., Blue Island. People who attend have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others, share coping strategies and offer encouragement and understanding. The group is sponsored by the south suburban affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and meets for about two hours in the offices of the Threshold organization

 “Support groups are extremely important in the recovery process,” said Marianne Bithos, board member of NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago. “The setting allows them to make contact with others in similar circumstances, discuss concerns, share insights and information, share messages of comfort and hope – and socialize.”

 NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago is a volunteer-run support, advocacy and educational not-for-profit organization concerned with the establishment of a comprehensive, state-funded and  state-wide system of mental health care for all who need it -- including hospital care and out-patient treatment at community-based service organizations

NAMI Connection meetings are led by trained and experienced volunteers and are held in Blue Island every Thursday at the same time and location. There is no charge to attend NAMI activities and meetings. For additional information about this meeting and/or other activities and opportunities for “consumers” of mental health services, call Marianne Bithos at 708-429-9158.