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.

August Meeting — Ride the Tiger

We will be showing the video documentary “Ride the Tiger- A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain” at our August 20, 2018 meeting. The video tells the the stories of highly accomplished individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The documentary seeks to find out where the biological breakdowns occur and how we can possibly preempt, fix, or rewire our brains back to recovery.

Patrick Kennedy, Patty Duke and Dr. Phil Insell are a few of the featured speakers and story tellers. Please join us for this informative viewing and discussion.

The meeting will be at 7:30 PM in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson Street, Torrance. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the small room off of Faith Hall.

NAMI Connection Facilitator Training Opportunity

NAMI Los Angeles County Council will sponsor a Connections Facilitator Training, August 25 & 26,
2018, in Los Angeles. The Connections curriculum is designed to enable co-facilitators who are not
mental health professionals to run support groups for their peers. It is an opportunity for NAMI
members to help support other members in navigating the challenges and triumphs of living with a
mental illness. Facilitators also provide hope and remind members that they are not alone.

Requirements:

  • Graduates of a peer to peer course are preferred but not required.
  • Be at a point in their life where they are familiar and comfortable with the emotional issues members
    face and can self-disclose about their own feelings regarding their illness and recovery.
  • Current membership in a NAMI Affiliate ( Los Angeles County Preferred )
  • Attend the entire two-day training
  • Commit to facilitate groups for at least a year
  • Facilitating experience is not needed!

After your application is reviewed and you are accepted as a participant we will then contact you with more details for this training.

  • What: Two-day NAMI Connections Facilitator Training
  • Who: Contact Zack Kendall, Coordinator for an application at Zackery.Kendall@namisfv.org
  • When: August 25 & 26, 2018; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: NAMI LACC Headquarters, Los Angeles
  • Cost: LA County NAMI affiliate members $100, waived upon participant graduation. Outside affiliates $200. Cost covers trainer fees, breakfast and lunch for both days; and training materials. [NAMI (individual) members or affiliates cover the cost of dinner and hotel accommodations for students.]
  • Deadline : Applications must be received by August 15, 2018.

If your interested, CLICK HERE to APPLY.

ONLINE FOCUS GROUP: Share Your Voice!

NAMI California will host a focus group webinar on August 8 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM as part of its NAMI Smarts Enhancement program. NAMI is looking for members of diverse communities including LGBTQ persons and people of color, among others, to lend a hand in developing material to help individuals communicate their stories for advocacy purposes.

This is the third of three focus groups for this effort – Thank you to all who have participated and lent us your voice.

CLICK HERE to Register.

Mental Health for Communities Affected by Fire

Our thoughts are with Californians impacted by the recent wildfires across the state. NAMI South Bay praises First Responders for getting so many to safety, and we want to stress the importance of attending to both the immediate and long-term mental health needs of all affected community members during this crisis.

CLICK HERE for Mental Health Resources by County

CLICK HERE for NAMI Shasta County

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General Meeting July 16 – Reducing Suicidal Behavior

Our general meeting will be Monday, July 16 in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance at 7:30 PM. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the small room off of Faith Hall.

We will have a Danielle Anderson, a Certified QPR instructor and Family to Family teacher providing a workshop on QPR — a training intended to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative,practical and proven suicide prevention training.

As recently reported in the media following the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the number of suicides has been increasing alarmingly. Through education the QPR training aims to empower all people regardless of their background to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Time for Team Captains to Register for NAMIWalks

To all Sponsors and Team Captains: Start making waves and register for the NAMI Los Angeles County 2018 Walk. NAMI will hold a Kickoff Event on Saturday, August 4. Team Captains need to register and won’t want to miss this event.

Save the date of Saturday, October 6, 2018 to fight stigma, raise awareness and raise funds for our NAMI programs offered free to the community. Any questions about the Walk please contact Paul Stansbury pstans5@aol.com.

Register for the Walk and become a Team Captain at NAMI Los Angeles County Walk.

Action Alert

SUPPORT SAME DAY ACCESS FOR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE

In California, if a patient receives treatment at a community health center from both a medical provider and a mental health specialist on the same day, Medi-Cal will only cover one of those treatments. A patient has to receive treatment on a different day if they want their second treatment covered. SB 1125 allows local community health centers to bill Medi-Cal for mental health services and other medical services on the same day. SB 1125 is a key bill in the effort to increase access to mental health care for all communities.

SB 1125 WILL BE HEARD IN THE ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE ON JUNE 26TH AT 1:30 P.M. IN ROOM 4202.

CLICK HERE to write a letter or learn how you can help.