We Are the Experts on Ourselves

WHAT: Illinois Department of Human Services Recovery and Empowerment Statewide Call Series: Planting the Seeds of Wellness
WHEN: Thursday, September 23, 2021; 10-11 a.m.
HOW: Phone

  • Dial-in Phone Number: 1-844-867-6167
  • Access Code: 4360050 (enter the code and wait for AT&T to answer)

NOTE: You will be on hold with music until the host opens the conference call. If you have questions or require assistance, please press “0” from your phone during the audio conference.As a courtesy to others and to improve sound quality, please mute your phone when not speaking.

NAMI Ask the Expert Webinar: Suicide Prevention During COVID and Beyond — Science, Grassroots & Solutions

WHEN: Thursday, September 23, 202: 3 p.m. Central Time
HOW: Register Now

NAMI Ask the Expert welcomes Dr. Christine Yu Moutier who will discuss several science-informed, evidence-based strategies to reduce suicide risk, both through a public health approach for an entire population as well as clinical interventions for patient care. As the science of suicide and prevention has grown rapidly over the past two decades, it has become more important than ever to share these prevention strategies and targeted ways to better identify risk.

After the presentation, NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth will moderate a Q&A session.

Dr. Christine Yu Moutier, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, knows the impact of suicide firsthand after the loss of a colleague, and is dedicated to educating the public about this leading cause of death. Dr. Moutier has served as UCSD professor of psychiatry, dean in the medical school, medical director of the VA Psychiatric Unit, and has been clinically active with diverse patient populations, such as veterans, Asian refugee populations, as well as physicians and academic leaders with mental health conditions. She has presented at the White House, testified before the U.S. Congress, and has appeared as an expert in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time magazine, The Economist, The Atlantic, the BBC and CNN.

Strides Against Stigma Walk

WHEN: Sunday, October 3, 2021; Registration – 1 p.m.; Walk – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Garden Pavilion, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL
REGISTRATION: Strides Against Stigma Registration Form

Strides Against Stigma t-shirt with two people walking, stepping together toward a brighter future, NAMI ChampaignJoin us at Meadowbrook Park for an in-person or virtual walk as we continue “Stepping together towards a brighter future” to stomp out stigma!

Celebration of Sue Keller

Sue Keller HeadshotWHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2021; 2-5 p.m.
WHERE: The Lake House, Crystal Lake Park, 206 West Park Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (Just north of University Avenue at the corner of Park Street and Race Street)
Parking: There are a number of spots by the Lake House, and also throughout the perimeter of the park
Bus routes: Orange and Gold
NOTE: Face masks are required at the Lake House

The family doesn’t need you to bring anything, other than happy memories you would like to share, or stories of how Sue helped you, or made you laugh, smile, or just think about something differently. We won’t be having any formal speeches – it’ll just be a time to reflect and connect with each other. As you know, Sue loved to bring people together, to make those connections and help enrich lives. She was delighted with the idea that people from her different walks of life might meet and even strike up new friendships at this gathering.Sue Keller

As you might expect, we’ll make sure that we have some activities for little ones, as Sue always did, so kids are absolutely welcome.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us in our Suelebration, to honor the “relentlessly positive” Sue we have all been fortunate to have known.

Sue Keller’s Obituary

Mental Health Education

NAMI Family-to-Family (F2F)

To see when NAMI Family-to-Family is offered, please go to our NAMI Family-to-Family section on the Educational Courses page.

NAMI Family & Friends

To see when NAMI Family & Friends is offered, please go to the NAMI Family & Friends section on the Educational Courses page.

NAMI Homefront

To see when NAMI Homefront is offered, please go to the NAMI Homefront section on the Educational Courses page.

Support Groups

NAMI Family Support Group

To see when NAMI Family Support Groups meet in-person, please go to the NAMI Champaign In-Person Support Groups section on our Support Groups page.

NAMI Online Support Groups

To see when NAMI Illinois’ support groups meet online, please go to the NAMI Champaign Online Support Groups section on our Support Groups page.

Monthly Meetings

NAMI Champaign Board Meeting

WHEN: Monday, September 13, 2021; 6:30-8 p.m. (2nd Monday of the month)
HOW: Zoom Meeting
NOTE: Email us at for a Zoom link.

NAMI Champaign Board Reminder, 2nd Monday of the Month


Board meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month. Please email with any questions. We want your input. All are welcome at the meeting.

Monthly Community Education Meeting

See the Events section above for Community Education Committee sponsored webinars and meetings.