mental health

Mental health awareness month

According to, “May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since its inception in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been a cornerstone of addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. Throughout the month, NAMI actively participates in this national movement, dedicated to eradicating stigma, extending support, fostering public education, and advocating for policies that prioritize the well-being of individuals and families affected by mental illness.”

At the Library

The Little Heart Project 
Wednesday, May 1 — Friday, May 31, all day
Teen Central

Grades 7 – 12. Pick up a little yarn heart and spread awareness and hope for suicide prevention.


Stress Relief and Meditation
with partner NAMI DuPage
Friday, May 3, 4 — 5 p.m.

Grades 7 – 12. Learn how to manage stress through strategies like meditation.


Teen Table Talk
with partner Grit2 TAB
Tuesday, May 7, 7 — 8 p.m.
Kid’s Program Room

Grades 7 – 12. Join us for this teen-led support group where peers can share and talk about their mental health together in a safe space.


CrAfterWork: Zen Garden
Monday, May 20, all day

Register to pick up a kit of supplies and complete the project on your own time. Practice self care during Mental Health Awareness Month as you make your own Zen garden!


Support in Downers Grove

*Please note that each resource typically has qualifications on availability or eligibility, these details as well as more resources can be found in more detail in the Social Services Resource Directory.

DGPL Social Work Interns
DGPL has partnered with Aurora University's School of Social Work to host interns at the library. Interns at the library receive credit for their work at the library. For more information on the DGPL Social Work Interns and how to connect with them, please visit the Social Services page. 

The DuPage County Crisis Intervention Unit
The DuPage County Crisis Intervention Unit is a mental health support system that deals with mental health emergencies 24/7. Individuals in need can contact the Crisis Intervention Unit anytime and schedule a phone or in-person interview. The Crisis Residential (Respite) program has beds available for short-term crisis stabilization if necessary. Reach the Crisis Center at -630-627-1700 or visit their website,

Samara Care
1112 Warren Ave. Suite #160, Downers Grove, IL 60515

Online Learning & Resources


The Annual Mental Health Awareness Art Exhibition

The Mental Health Awareness Coalition and Your Art Your Story explores how individuals experience and perceive their surroundings through the lens of mental health.


Art of Hope Online Gallery

Works of local artists and shared inspiring stories about recovery, healing, and hope.



Many virtual and in-person NAMIWalks will be taking place throughout the country during the month of May to help bring awareness and spread the message of Mental Health for All! Promote NAMIWalks events taking place in your community. Encourage people to create or join a team and participate however they can.


988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 

Call 988 or Text 988 or Chat


The NAMI HelpLine

A free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals, and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers, and the public. 

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), text "HelpLine" to 62640 or chat with them at Available Monday Through Friday, 10 A.M. – 10 P.M., ET.


The NAMI Teen & Young Adult HelpLine

Offers a direct connection with another young person who shares similar experiences and is prepared to offer information, resources, and support.

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), text “Friend” to 62640, or chat with them at Available Monday Through Friday, 10 A.M. – 10 P.M., ET.


The Trevor Project

Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQIA+ individuals under the age of 25. 

1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678678


The Trans Lifeline

Staffed by transgender people for transgender people. 


For more information or questions email