Welcome

NAMI, the acronym for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grass roots, self help, support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of families who have relatives with a brain disorder (mental illness). This includes the families of persons diagnosed with a mental illness, relatives and friends, mental health professionals, and all who share NAMI’s vision and mission.

NAMI South Bay is an affiliate of National and State NAMI. NAMI South Bay serves the general area from El Segundo on the north to Palos Verdes on the south; from the Beach Cities on the west to Carson/Wilmington on the east. NAMI South Bay has regular monthly meetings with a Caring and Sharing Support Group and Speaker Sessions, Family to Family and Familia de Familia Programs, Peer to Peer and Connections Programs (ongoing support group for persons with a mental illness). NAMI South Bay supports other programs such as NARSAD, dedicated to the service of persons with a mental illness and their families. Also, NAMI South Bay participates in the NAMI Los Angeles County Walk. Please consider joining and participating in NAMI South Bay.

Urgent State Action Needed to Preserve Safety Net Services

Urgent Call to Action – A request for action has been made to all counties to reach out to your State Representatives and Governor Newsom’s Administration ASAP to highlight the need to preserve California’s safety net by stabilizing County Realignment funding. This is the critical time to contact your legislator to affect state budget decisions with key votes occurring.

Counties provide critical human services, public health, behavioral health, and public safety programs on behalf of the state. The revenues to deliver these services through 1991 and 2011 Realignment are projected to decline by $3.3 billion combined in 2019-20 and 2020-21. An economic decline this rapid and severe was never anticipated. State funding is needed to avoid extreme cuts to programs that serve vulnerable populations at the time they are needed the most
There can be no economic recovery without a strong safety net.

Contact your State Legislators

Write, call and email your representatives in the California Senate and Assembly, as well as Governor Newsom, urging that funding be provided to preserve the safety net programs that counties administer in partnership with the state. Counties are on the front lines of the COVID-19 public health and emergency response, and also facing an increased demand for safety net services at the same time the revenues available for those services are sharply declining. Reserves are being depleted to protect our residents, but budget decisions must be made now and will impact the very services most in need.

For More Information on this issue please see a letter from a coalition of mental health and substance abuse organizations in the state.

Online Support

An online Support Group will continue at 6 PM on Monday, June 15. The number of participants will be limited to 15 following best practices for online meetings. If you wish to participate please send email to Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com.

There will be another online support Group at 5:30 PM, Wednesday, June 24 with Rebekah Martinek. Please email her at rebekahmartinek@gmail.com if you wish to participate. Participation will be limited.

Online Monthly Meeting – 7:30 PM Monday, June 15

Because of COVID-19 guidelines on gatherings, we will not be meeting in person but will have an online Zoom meeting on current advocacy issues regarding legislation and budget reductions on mental health and related programs. As you have read in the newspapers, with the economic impact of the pandemic some severe budget reductions are being discussed at the National and State level. These reductions and legislative proposals may have a severe impact at the County and local levels. Further, the recent protests and social justice efforts may provide opportunities to advocate for support of mental health programs and budget.

Our newsletter includes an urgent call to action in opposing some current legislative efforts, which will be discussed. The current legislative and budget proposals at the National, State, and local levels are only going to intensify. We want to use this meeting to inform about and discuss with our members the upcoming process and opportunities for raising concerns about mental health issues. Please join us for this discussion.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com to receive information on the link and password for the meeting on Zoom.

March Meeting Cancelled

We hope you are safe and well. As a precautionary measure the March 16 meeting has been cancelled following the practice of social distancing in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have many members in the at -risk health and/or age groups with a high probability percent serious issues associated with COVID-19. Accordingly, we will reschedule rhe presentation by Naomi Sultan from Mental Health Advocacy Services about SSI, SSDI and Fair Housing.

The support groups scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday before the monthly meeting at the First Lutheran Church are also cancelled.

Thank you for your support and your understanding. We believe that the collective effort of all of us this month to  curtail the spread of this novel coronavirus is in the best interest of all, including our members. Additional resources are available if necessary. Please contact us with any questions. This national effort is a positive step to secure the health of those we love.

November Meeting – Dual Diagnosis Treatment

John Tsuang, MD will speaking about Dual Diagnosis Treatment at our meeting this November — Monday, 11/18/19, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson Street, Torrance.

Dr. Tsuang is the Director of the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He has spoken at National and State Conferences and has published many articles on the topic of dual diagnosis treatment. Many persons with a mental illness self-medicate. Because of the extensive problem of substance abuse in our society, treatment of a dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse) is an extremely important topic. Dr. Tsuang does a wonderful job explaining the circumstances and the material. You won’t want to miss his presentation.

Family Support Group – 6:00 PM
Peer Support Group – 6:00 PM

October Meeting – DBT and Friends and Family Program

The Speaker tonight will be Dr. Dorit Saberi, Supervising Psychologist Harbor UCLA School of Psychology and Associate Professor UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Saberi will be speaking about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the Friends and Family Program. There will be a panel of participants from the program.. DBT is a psychotherapy treatment program first developed for treating Borderline Personality Disorder but has now been used to treat other forms of mental illness. This approach works towards helping people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and helping to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help avoid undesired reactions.

The Friends and Family program is for family members and friends of a person with a mental illness that helps them to communicate more effectively with their loved ones and to better handle difficult situations. Many NAMI Members and graduates of the NAMI Family to Family Program have gone on to participate in the Family and Friends Program. Please come to learn about DBT and how it is used in the Friends and Family Program.