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.

A Clinical Overview of Bipolar and Related Disorders

March Meeting Tonight: Nami South Bay is starting an “Ask the Doctor” Series about the different types of mental illness using Zoom until meetings can once again be held in person. Dr. Benjamin Furst will be presenting to start the series. Dr. Furst has been a teaching psychiatrist at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and faculty member at UCLA for the better part of the past 15 years. He currently serves as an attending psychiatrist in the adult outpatient clinic at Harbor-UCLA, where he has also worked in acute inpatient and emergency room settings. In additional to clinical work, he teaches and supervises psychiatry residents and medical student rotators and has participated in the conduct of clinical trials in mood disorders, schizophrenia, and substance-use disorder.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. (Monday, March 15, 2021)

We will be providing presentation on the other types of mental illness in this “Ask the Doctor” format in future meetings thanks to the assistance of the Harbor UCLA Medical Center School of Psychiatry.

Online Monthly Meeting – Alternative to Incarceration

Online Monthly Meeting – 7:30 PM
Monday, February 22, 2021

Alternatives to Incarceration

The Board of Supervisors commissioned in February 2019 a County Work Group on Alternatives to Incarceration charged with developing a “road map with an action-oriented framework and implementation plan to scale alternatives to incarceration and diversion so care and services are provided first and jail is a last resort.” The work group has produced a report “Care First, Jails Last” with a variety of recommendations. Brittney Weissman the Executive Director of NAMI Greater Los Angeles County(GLAC) was a member of the work group and will tell us about the work group, their recommendations and continuing work.

She will also report on other NAMI GLAC efforts across the county with Measure J and the consolidation of NAMI affiliates into NAMI GLAC. Please see below for more information about committees working to develop recommendations on Measure J approved by LA County voters in November. Measure J is the proposition requiring 10% of locally-generated revenue go to community investment and alternatives to incarceration. For information on how you can participate in stakeholder input go to Measure J Re-Imagine LA Advisory Sub-Committees.

January Meeting Tonight

Mental Health Parity, Health Insurance & Access to Care

Please come to hear from Renée Fabian a Los Angeles-based journalist who currently works as the features editor at The Mighty, covering mental health, chronic illness and disability. Despite laws designed to make it easier for you to get affordable mental health care, finding affordable treatment for mental illness is still a challenge. In this presentation, we’ll cover mental health parity, including how it affects your right to access mental health care, your rights as consumers, how to use your insurance to get care, and how we can advocate for better mental health care access in the future.

Please see article for her feature report in the “Mighty” and see Guides for information she developed on accessing insurance and will be discussing. For Spanish version see Guía.

Ms. Fabian has previously written for the Washington Post, VICE, Healthline, Talkspace, The Fix, and GRAMMY.com, among others. Renée holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.

We will also hold elections for the NAMI South Bay Board Offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.

Also, please consider getting involved helping to support families and persons with a mental illness and getting involved in finding and implementing solution to our dysfunctional mental health system. There are openings for Committee Chairs including Newsletter, Hospitality, Ombudsperson, NAMI Walk, Membership, Speaker Chair and others. Please submit your letter of interest or email to Paul Stansbury at psstans5@aol.com. Your letter of interest will be considered by the President and Board. Any questions, please contact Paul Stansbury.

LA County residents 65 and older can get coronavirus vaccines starting Thursday

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis on Monday, Jan. 18 delivered a rare executive order widening the county’s vaccine rollout.

As debate over the slower-than expected rollout heated up anew, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis on Monday, Jan. 18 ordered that coronavirus vaccines be made available to residents 65 years of age and older beginning Thursday, Jan. 21.

“The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been an enormous undertaking, especially during an unprecedented surge where cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to skyrocket,” said Solis in a statement that accompanied her executive order. “However, if we are to ever get out of this dark winter, it is critical that we make headway vaccinating people 65 years of age and older as soon as possible – in line with Governor Gavin Newsom’s recommendations.”

Details were not yet available for how seniors could sign up, but the order directed county health officials to provide additional information for eligible residents. In the meantime, officials urged residents to visit VaccinateLACounty.com to sign up for email alerts.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Today marks the start of #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek, a national week long spotlight on mental illness and the harmful effects of stigma. The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” See information below and at NAMI.org/MIAW.
This #MIAW, we are asking YOU to help us meet the exponential growth in need for our services. Whether you’ve benefited from our classes, found community in our support groups, attended our free conferences, or rallied for mental health justice with us at NAMI Walks, you know how important our work is. Our team works hard to meet the needs of individuals and families affected by mental illness EVERY DAY. The effects of COVID, systemic racism, and physical isolation have impacted everyone, and more people than ever continue to need our support.
During this year of unprecedented anxiety, depression, and fear, we have continued our work of providing hope and help: transitioned support groups and educational programs for family members and peers to online. Advocated for systemic change at policymaking tables at county, state and national level which you can hear more about at our October 19 meeting. shifted our annual NAMIWalks LA County to May 22, 2021 to focus on the immediate increase in demand for our services.

We need your help to keep it up! Your gift protects our critically needed mental health services and helps us to continue to provide FREE support and programs. Please consider making a gift to NAMI South Bay PO Box 5295 Torrance, CA 90510 or you can go to our donation credit card system by CLICKING HERE.

Spanish Speaking Support Group

NAMI/GLAC Virtual Grupo de Apoyo

Ofrece Un Grupo de Adultos, Gratis, En Español
Comenzando: August 25th, 2020
Reuniones  Mensualmente los Martes

Horarios: 4:30pm-6:00pm por telefono conferencia/SKYPE/ZOOM              

Este es un Grupo para la familia que le ayudara a entender la desesperación y aislamiento, a través de un mejor conocimiento y apoyo familiar para personas que tienen un Joven o adulto miembro de familia que sufre de:

Depresión de Jovenes y Familiares

Trastorno Bipolar (También conocido como Depresión Mániaca)

Trastorno Esquizo-Afectivo

COVED19 virus/Ansiedad y Pánico 

Trastorno de Salud Mental

Esta serie de cada meses, la cual se lleva a cabo dos vez por mes, está diseñada para ayudar a los miembros de familia a educar, comprender y apoyar a nuestros seres queridos mientras se mantiene un ambiente de salud personal y de bienestar en el hogar.

¡  NAMI/Grupo de Apoyo en Espanol es gratis! Sin embargo, es necesario registrarse lo antes posible.  Favor de comunicarse: Ricardo  Pulido 310.567.0748 NAMI/GLAC

Para mas informacion: Email: rick@namilaccc.org  gracias!

Family to Family Program will Start Soon

A Family to Family Program will be starting in the next few weeks on Wednesday evenings using Zoom as soon as there are enough participants. The Family to Family Program is now once a week for 8 weeks. It covers all different aspects of mental illness and has been invaluable to many families. If you wish to participate or know someone that should, please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com.