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Support & mutual help groups for individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness.

We are interested people who help and support each other. Our program is offered as a no-charge opportunity to talk with, and listen to, others who know the personal nature of mental illness. Our discussions are safe and nonjudgmental.

LOVED ONES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND GROUPS.

ABOUT GROUP HOPE

We are a lifeline for people seeking to understand this illness — and to be understood.

Our facilitator assisted meetings encourage those suffering with mental illness to meet with other interested people who come to support each other. As we help each other we help ourselves.

We find that gentle and respectful discussions allow us to relax and gain relief from the draining stress of “faking it” with other people. We are much more than just another support group.

ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE OF CHARGE

Group Hope is officially a program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, Northern Illinois.

In addition, Group Hope is associated with Mental Health America (MHA) and affiliated as a local chapter of the national Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

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SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS

  • We see each other’s courage
  • We find hope
  • We learn ways to express ourselves to others
  • We get to engage in “face to face social media”
  • We gain knowledge about finding counseling, medicines, and local resources
  • We learn details of this illness from each other
  • We become more informed about mental illness.
  • WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US

“We know it’s scary for everyone. All of us resisted coming; we are glad we did because we were isolating, feeling humiliated, suicidal, or worthless. We felt hopeless inside — unable to concentrate due to panic, anxiety or racing thoughts.”

NOT SURE IF YOU SHOULD ATTEND?

Maybe you feel that there is something bothering you deep inside, that you are not quite yourself. Perhaps you have feelings of sadness, confusion, or complete hopelessness.

If you or someone you care about feels this way… please join us for a meeting and hear what others have to say. Group Hope may offer you the chance to share your inner most thoughts and feelings.