CHAMPAIGN — The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Champaign County will hold an open house from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 14 at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.
The open house is intended to showcase the programs the organization offers free to the community, says Diane Zell, NAMI Champaign County's president.
Traditional mental health resources are drying up due to the state's budget difficulties and need for help is increasing, so it's important that NAMI become better known in the local community, Zell said.
The organization offers free education and support programs for people with mental illnesses and their loved ones. It also helps train police officers and other first responders in the needs of those with mental illnesses and has special programs for schools to help identify the symptoms of mental illness in children, Zell said.
The open house, set for the Robeson Room C at the library, will include refreshments and door prizes.