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.

SAVE THE DATE: NAMI South Bay ESPAÑOL Taco Night for NAMIWalks–Monday August 29, 2016

SAVE THE DATE for NAMI South Bay at Diana’s Restaurant on Monday, August 29, 2016, for our 2016 Taco Night. Help support NAMIWalks “Baby Blue”. $25 per person/Donation.

Fun 4 All
Entertainment
Food

Sing Along
50-50 Prizes

Combination plates: Tacos, or Enchiladas, or Tamales

  • When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 8/29/16
  • Where: 300 E. Sepulveda Blvd., Carson, CA 90745
  • More Info: (310) 567-0748

Diana’s Mexican Food Products is a family owned and operated enterprise that started from humble beginnings and continues to enjoy success that has carried its founders into the 21st century. Samuel F. Magaña came to America at the age of sixteen. He was the first employee hired by another large Mexican food company in Los Angeles, where he was eventually promoted to general plant manager, while concurrently attending night school to enhance his education. Today, the company’s client base reaches across the Pacific into Japan, where the popularity of authentic Mexican cuisine has skyrocketed. The family maintains a strong sense of civic duty in each community it does business in, and has been honored for its achievements, cultural support, and community-oriented activities.

NAMIWalks is an annual event involving tens of thousands of concerned citizens in more than 84 communities across the nation. Participants by region walk together to raise money and awareness 20about the country’s need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness. Funds raised at NAMIWalks provide substantial support to the local NAMI affiliates that participate in the walk. Interested persons can donate to support a walk team, can walk with a team, can become a team leader and form their own team to support their local NAMI affiliate, can attend the walk to support and cheer the walking participants, or can do any combination of these things and more.

Every journey begins with that first step.

Here Comes NAMIWalks 2016

Kudos to those who attended the Los Angeles County NAMIWalks 2016 Lights, Camera, Action on Mental Health! Kick-Off Brunch this past Tuesday at the California Endowment. Please follow NAMIWalks on facebook and twitter so you will get notifications, and view the photographs that have been shared so far. To share yours, please email Shelley Hoffman.

If you were not able to attend, you can still be a Team Captain! CLICK HERE. It’s time to sign up and build your teams–NAMIWalks Los Angeles needs each and every one of you! If every team has 10 participants (whether they are virtual participants or actual ones is fine) and each raised or donated at least $100, then each team would raise at least $1,000! That means more NAMI programs available throughout the county!

The Walk website is super user-friendly. Once you log in, you will see a black horizontal bar at the top where you can access your dashboard, helpful resources, how-to’s and more! Click on the links below for helpful tools and materials.

NAMI South Bay Meeting-Monday, July 18, 2016

Please join us for our July monthly meeting with Caring and Sharing Support Group at 6 PM and Speaker Meeting at 7:30 PM.

The speaker for this month is Bishop Bonnie Radden presenting on “Taking Care of the Caregiver”.  She will help us to discover and recognize our own personal burnout when caregiving for our ill relative whether they live with us our not and ways to lessen our own personal stress.

 
Unfortunately, caregivers often are so involved in taking care of the needs perceived or real of their loved one that they don’t take care of themselves which may lead to poor health and stress.  Further, the burdens of caregiving may make it difficult for the caregiver to help their loved one.  Please don’t miss this important presentation. 
The Speaker Meeting will be held in Faith Hall.  There will be the Caring and Sharing Support Group is at 6 PM in the Faith Hall.

Advocacy Alert!

Support HR 2646

congress building

Thanks to you, the House is voting on HR 2646, mental health reform! Call your member of Congress and urge him or her to vote YES and take a strong step toward better mental health care. For more information on HR 2646 go to NAMI  Applauds HR 2646 out of committee to full Congress.

 

Your voice makes a difference.

“What has made this work are…the thousands and thousands and thousands of letters and phone calls to members of Congress saying that we’ve got to do something about mental health.” Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)

Call (202) 224-3121
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Enter in your zip code

Here’s our suggested message: “As a constituent of the Representative’s, I would like him/her to vote yes on HR 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, when it comes to the floor of the House. There is a mental health crisis in this country. This bill will help. Thank you.”
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PROGRAMA DE EDUCACION DE FAMILIA A FAMILIA DE NAMI

NAMI SOUTH BAY ESPANOL

Fecha:  (12 Semanas)
LUNES, 26 de Septiembre  al 12 de Deciembre  2016
Hora: 6:30 pm al 9:00 pm
Locacion es: UCLA HARBOR Medical Center 2 So.

TORRANCE  CA 90502
220TH  STREET & VERMONT AVE.
(Parking Gratis)

Este es un programa para la familia que le ayudará a romper con la desesperación y el aislamiento, a través de comprender y recibir apoyo para personas que tienen un miembro de familia que sufre de:

  • Depresión Severa
  • Trastorno Bipolar (También conocido como Depresión Mániaca)
  •  Esquizofrenia
  • Trastorno Esquizo-Afectivo
  • Ansiedad y Pánico
  • Trastorno Obsesivo y Compulsivo
  • Diagnóstico Doble (Abuso de sustancias y enfermedad mental)

Esta serie de 12 clases, la cual se lleva a cabo una vez por semana, está diseñada para ayudar a los miembros de familia a educar, comprender y apoyar a nuestros seres queridos, mientras logran mantener un ambiente de salud personal y de bienestar en el hogar.

El programa de educación de Familia a Familia es gratis! Pero es necesario registrarse lo antes posible.  Favor de comunicarse con Ricardo y Modesta Pulido a los teléfonos:   310.513.1178  o  310.567.0748. cell   email: rick@namilaccc.org

De Familia-a-Familia es un programa que ayuda a transformar a la familia desde la desesperación y el aislamiento (ofreciendo esperanza y apoyo) hasta llegar a superar las enfermedades del cerebro. NAMI/SOUTH BAY/LACC    GRACIAS!

Programa de Educación De Familia a Familia de NAMI

NAMI ESPANOL LONG BEACH

Gratuito para familiares, compañeros, y parejas sentimentales de individuos con:

  • Depresión Severa
  • Trastorno Bipolar (maniaco depresión)
  • Esquizofrenia y Trastorno Esquizoafectivo
  • Transtorno de la personalidad fronterizo
  • Trastorno de Pánico y Trastorno Obsesivo compulsivo
  • Trastornos Cerebrales y Trastornos de adicción simultáneos

El programa consiste en una serie de 12 clases, una clase por semana, estructuradas para ayudar a los familiares a entender y apoyar a su ser querido que sufre alguna de estas enfermedades al mismo tiempo que mantienen su propio bienestar.  Este curso lo imparte un grupo de voluntarios capacitados quienes también tienen un familiar enfermo y saben lo que es que un ser querido sufra de una enfermedad mental seria.  El Programa “De Familia a Familia” de NAMI es completamente gratuito.  Más de 150,000 personas en Los Estados Unidos, Canadá, y México han tomado este curso. Estamos seguros que quedarán satisfechos con la ayuda que le ofrece este programa.  Llame para obtener más información.  (FREE PARKING)

Las clases comienzan en Septiembre  2016    6:30PM to 9:00 PM

Ubicación del curso: LONG BEACH , Long Beach, Calif.

Horario: (12) sessiones    2 ½ horas por clase

Solamente para los familiares que califiquen de estas condiciones.
Se requiere inscripción
El cupo es limitada  de 25 personas.

El Programa de Educacion “De Familia a Famiilia”
de NAMI/LACCC está patrosinado por NAMI Long Beach,
Financiado en parte por el Departmento de Saluld
Mental del Condado de Los Angeles.  GRACIAS!

NAMI Guide: Preparing for the Unimaginable

In May 2016, NAMI released a guide for police leaders, Preparing for the Unimaginable, to prepare for mass casualty events and to support emotional resiliency for first-response personnel as well as their communities.

The guide was developed at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice and Chief of Michael Kehoe (ret.) of the Newtown, Connecticut police department during the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012. Chief Kehoe states in its first pages that the guide:

…will provide chiefs and sheriffs with awareness and guidance on best practices for safeguarding mental health and wellness of first responders in the early moments of critical events and during the long aftermath.

Download the guide at www.nami.org/cops

Despite recent unfortunate events, police officials and mental health professionals involved in developing the guide agree that mass casualty events are unlikely in any specific community. But preparation is essential in case the unimaginable ever does occur.

The guide has three sections and eight chapters:

Why Mental Wellness Matters

  • Understanding Trauma and Resiliency

Preparing for a Mass Casualty Event

  • Recommendations for Enhancing Resilience
  • Planning the Incident Response for a Mass Casualty Event
  • Building Your Media Team and Strategy for a Mass Casualty Event

Managing a Mass Casualty Event and its Aftermath 

  • Immediate Incident Response
  • The First Weeks: From Chaos to New Normal
  • The First Months
  • The Long Haul