Community Training Presentations

NAMI DuPage offers community training presentations in an effort to help people grow their understanding of mental health conditions, how to respond to signs and symptoms, practical ways to connect people to mental health resources, and more!

Hosting a NAMI-led presentation is extremely valuable for yourself and your community, especially since:
  • Mental Health Conditions are more common than cancer, diabetes & heart disease
  • 1 in 5 individuals will face a mental health condition in their lifetime
  • The stigma surrounding mental health is the #1 reason why people don’t seek treatment for their mental health conditions (less than 30% of people with a mental health diagnosis seek medical treatment.)
If you are interested in hosting, fill out our presentation request form at least 60 days prior to the desired presentation date(s).

Mental Health Essentials

NAMI Family
& Friends


Mental Health Essentials

Our Mental Health Essentials presentation offers specialized presentations that offer a variety of basic information about mental illness. In this training, you can expect to learn more about:
  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Prevalence of mental illness in our society
  • Importance of discussing mental health conditions
  • How to help someone connect to appropriate people and resources
  • Ways to help lower stigma
  • Speakers who live with mental health conditions & how they live in recovery
  • Providing hope for those in recovery

Presentations can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour. For presentation pricing or for more information, please contact Jessica Schneider, Director of Community Education at [email protected].

NAMI Family & Friends

NAMI Family & Friends is a free seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. While similar in nature to the topics discussed with the Mental Health Essentials presentation, this presentation also provides an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support. Led by those with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition, we will also be discussing the following topics:
  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI and Community Resources

For more information, please contact Jessica Schneider, Director of Community Educaiton, at [email protected].


Our NAMI PD C.O.N.N.E.C.T. program offers a variety of presentation options for first responders and security staff in DuPage County. Through these sessions, we provide an overview of what mental illness is and how to best interact with or approach someone who is exhibiting symptoms of a mental illness during a call. C.O.N.N.E.C.T. is the acronym used when referring to this program, since it teaches the following, important steps that are necessary for a successful approach:
  • Clear Instructions
  • Open Listening
  • Non-Confrontational Space Awareness
  • Negotiable/Non-Judgmental Responses
  • Encouraging Resources
  • Communicating Empathetically
  • Trust Building Conversations

For over 35 years, NAMI DuPage has consistently been a leader in developing innovative, responsive programming, and we are working diligently to provide local police officers with the support they need to effectively handle calls involving a mental health crisis.

For more information, please contact Jessica Schneider, Director of Communtiy Education at [email protected].

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“[It was] great to hear the perspective of a person who has overcome their illness and is doing really well. [It was] very encouraging to me and made me more hopeful of my loved ones’ recovery”

– Mental Health Essentials Participant #1

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“I will remember the speakers’ personal stories and how I became emotionally attached to them. Understanding what they went through and the obstacles they had to overcome.”

– NAMI PD C.O.N.N.E.C.T. Participant #1

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“[I learned] how to build more meaningful relationships with patients and gain trust and work as a team.”

– Mental Health Essentials Participant #2

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“The most impactful part of the presentation was how honest and real their stories were, so impressive.”

– NAMI PD C.O.N.N.E.C.T. Participant #2

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