NAMI Barrington Area (NAMIBA) is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. We are an affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Our affiiate was established in 2006, and as the blades of grass in the NAMI logo symbolize, we are a grassroots organization comprised of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious 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.
NAMIBA provides many programs and services at no cost to the participants:
NAMIBA offers friendship, understanding, encouragement, and mutual support to all who are faced with a chronic brain disorder. Family members learn coping skills by sharing their experiences and exploring solutions to common problems. Both individuals and families learn that they are not alone. Learn more.
NAMIBA offers a variety of classes, speakers, and educational materials for families and the community at large covering topics of interest to those dealing with mental illness and related issues. Classes are free, but registration is needed. Learn more about Family to Family and Basics classes.
NAMIBA brings the needs of persons with brain disorders and their families to the attention of legislators, providers, and the general public. The organization seeks to protect the rights of individuals with mental illness and bring about improved community support services. Learn more about what you can do.