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.

May Meeting — Anger Management in Mental Health or Life

Virtual Meeting
7:30 PM, Monday, May 15, 2023

As part of May as Mental Health Month and our “Ask the Doctor” series, please come to hear Dr. Todd Zorick present an overview of the brain science and psychology of anger and violence, and present some evidence-based ways to help understand and reduce anger both within ourselves and others.

Dr. Zorick received his medical degree for UC San Diego School of Medicine, practices at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He is also an Investigator with the Lundquist Institute which conducts biomedical research.

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. To attend, see our Monthly email Newsletter for login information or contact Paul Stansbury for information and access. pstans5@aol.com.

NAMI Taco Night April 25

NAMIWalks SOUTH BAY Fundraiser

NAMI South Bay’s Baby Blue 23 Team
invites you and your family to the

“TACO NITE” Fundraiser
to support NAMIWalks South Bay.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 6:00PM – 8:30PM 
at

DIANA’S Mexican RESTAURANT

300 E. SEPULVEDA BLVD CARSON, CALIFORNIA 90745
$25.00/PERSON/Donations

There will be music, prizes, and of course,
Delicious Mexican Food!

For more info: rick@namilaccc.org

NAMI WALK April 29

Don’t Delay
Sign up for the NAMI WALK April 29
We need you!

Please help NAMI South Bay/NAMI Greater Los Angeles County raise awareness and funds to achieve the NAMI goals of fighting stigma and providing programs and services to families and persons with a mental illness at no cost.

Please recruit sponsors, start a team, or join a team and be with other NAMI Chapters, families, peers, mental health professionals and community leaders from across the County at the April 29 NAMI LA County 2023 Walk and Health Festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Through the NAMIWalks Greater Los Angeles County, NAMI South Bay and you along with the other chapters and walkers make a powerful statement to our community as we advance on our goal of Mental Health for All. The 2023 NAMIWalks Greater Los Angeles County will be our first ever Mental Health Fest and Walk.

Join one of the NAMI South Bay teams listed below, start a team, support a walker or be a virtual walker. Click on the team names below or go to:

http://namiwalks.org/lacounty.

As you register you will be asked if you want to join a team and you can choose from below or start your own team. Please be sure to support NAMI South Bay.

NAMI South Bay Teams
Teams signed up at this time and more to come.
South Bay Cares – Lee Ann Farmer
Peace of Mind South Bay – Kevin Branson
RUHS (Redondo Beach High School) – Thi Chan
Japanese Group – Naoki Nagahata
NAMI Espanol Baby Blues 23 – Modesta Pulido
NAMI South Bay Walkers – Paul Stansbury

During this year’s Mental Health Fest you will connect with other Walkers and non-profits, visit the KidZone, find resources, get a massage, learn to meditate, do Chi Gong, enjoy the beautiful park, and so much more thanks to our sponsors and community partners. And of course, enjoy the WALK with your friends and family.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 29 in a new location, Los Angeles Historic State Park, which is located near downtown LA. Everyone there will share camaraderie and community. Any questions, please contact Paul Stansbury: pstans5@aol.com.

March Meeting: Long Lasting Injectables

Monday, March Meeting
Virtual Meeting
7:30 PM, Monday, March 20, 2023

Please come to hear Dr. Vivian Tang speak about the use of long lasting injectables in our second “Ask the Doctor” meeting of 2023. Dr. Tang will talk about the current use of long-acting injectables in outpatient clinic, including in which situations they are used, how they are started, pros and cons, and which patients may benefit the most from these forms of medication.

Dr. Vivian Tang earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry at Stanford University and her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at USC. She worked at an intensive outpatient psychiatry clinic as an occupational therapist before going back to medical school to complete her MD at USC. She came to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to train in the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program and currently works as an attending physician in the Harbor-UCLA Adult Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Tang is also a UCLA Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry and teaches UCLA medical students and residents at Harbor-UCLA in the outpatient setting.

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. To attend, see our Monthly email Newsletter for login information or contact Paul Stansbury for information and access. pstans5@aol.com.

Feb. 27 Meeting–Choosing a Therapist

Virtual Meeting
7:30 PM, Monday,
February 27,2023

Please come to hear Dr. Janice Jones speak about how to choose a therapist in our first “Ask the Doctor” meeting of 2023. There are several important questions to consider in finding the right therapist. Choosing and finding a therapist is a frequent issue in our support groups and on our help lines. It can take persistence and dedicated efforts to address these questions. Dr. Jones will help up us identify and consider those questions.

Dr. Janice Jones earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from UCLA. She completed her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI; now the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior) and received postdoctoral training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Twin Towers Correctional Facility. Currently, Dr. Jones provides direct services to adult clients in the Adult Outpatient Program in the Division of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA.

Dr. Jones has provided direct services in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings in community mental health clinics, academic teaching hospitals, and correctional settings. She has had extensive training and experience in evidence-based treatments, particularly in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Dr. Jones is a diplomate and certified CBT therapist and supervisor in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is on the adult Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treatment team at Harbor-UCLA and is trained as a DBT Team Leader. She also provides consultation to providers and treatment teams conducting DBT in LA County Department of Mental Health clinics and contracted agencies. In addition, Dr. Jones provides countywide trainings on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and cultural competency in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has been teaching and providing clinical supervision for more than 20 years to psychology graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and psychiatry residents at Harbor-UCLA as well as previously at the Department of Psychology at UCLA, the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and Twin Towers Correctional Facility. She is currently a Health Science Assistance Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She has also held appointments as Assistant (2005-2013) and Associate (2013-2020) Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA.

January Meeting will be Monday, January 23, 2023

Happy New Year!

Our January meeting will be our annual Organizational Meeting and Annual Report..

Monday, 7:30 PM
January 23,2023
Virtual

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Because of the holiday on the third Monday we will be meeting on the fourth Monday of January.

Please join us for this important meeting on the plans for NAMI South Bay in 2023. Our Organization Meeting will include an annual report on activities and programs in 2022, advocacy issues for 2023, a report on the merger with NAMI Greater Los Angeles County (GLAC), a discussion on needs in the South Bay for addressing the challenges of mental illness, and plans for 2023. Your input and thoughts are important to the programs and services that NAMI South Bay will be seeking to provide in 2023. See you on January 23.

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. To attend, see our Monthly email Newsletter for login information or contact Paul Stansbury for information and access. pstans5@aol.com.

The Family Support Group usually schedule before our monthly meeting will be held at 6 PM on Monday, January 23.

Family to Family Class Begins January 19, 2023

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session education program for family, friends and significant others of adults with mental health conditions. NAMI Family-to-Family provides information about anxiety, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions. Other topics covered include communication, problem solving, treatment and recovery.

The course is designed to increase understanding and advocacy skills while helping participants maintain their own well-being. The program is taught by trained family members who have a loved one with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is an evidence-based program (EB). For information on the research base for the program, visit nami.org/research.

NAMI South Bay will be offering the next Family-to Family class on Zoom starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2023. To learn more about the course and how to register, please email pstans5@aol.com or call (310) 892-8046.

Participant Perspectives

“This course overall was the single most, without a doubt, helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers…it has helped me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother.”

“The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is often times hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.”