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.
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.
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
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.
Our September general meeting will be Monday night, 9/15/19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Please come and learn about the homeless count in the South Bay which has been so widely reported on in the media and the connected homeless issues. Nancy Wilcox Co-Chair for the South Bay Coalition To End Homelessness will review the data and the give us a good understanding of the data, how it is compiled through the annual homeless count, what the implications are for the South Bay.
Nancy has been instrumental in coordinating the Homeless Count with Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA) the last several years. Under her leadership the South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness has become a leading force in working with South Bay cities to address homelessness. The South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness has worked closely with the Coordinated Entry System in the South Bay to secure housing and services for those in need.
It is important that NAMI South Bay members be informed and provide input regarding the policies and plans developed by cities, the county, and LAHSA.
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Please come for a very special treat. for the last few years we have had a movie night at our August general meeting. This August we will have one our former board members, author Jamie Weil, tell us about her young adult book First Break and give us a sneak peek of the “A Crazy Thought” docuseries.
Jamie Weil and her family, like many families, have had a very challenging journey and have found important support at NAMI. Jamie transmuted her difficulties into a passion to help other families successfully navigate the labyrinth of mental illness when it hits the youngest and most vulnerable family members. Momma Bear first, Jamie is a youth mental health advocate, writer, filmmaker, and former elementary school teacher in Manhattan Beach.
Her current Young Adult novel, First Break, is a first person story of moving from 17 to 18 in the middle of a psychotic break.
Her current docuseries, “A Crazy Thought“, is in production, with the raw pilot coming to NAMI South Bay Monday night for a special sneak peek. This docuseries is the answer to a calling to produce a six-part series that can used both in the schools to educate students and teachers, as well as to reach widely the 1 out of 4 families struggling silently with mental illness in their homes.
We will show the pilot, have books on hand for purchase ($16 cash) and signing, and have a Q&A after on what we are calling Mission ACT. Jamie and Mike, both former board members at NAMI South Bay board, are excited to bring back a piece of advocacy to their NAMI South Bay Family.
Many of you have your membership renewals around the start of the calendar year. The NAMI national board of directors voted to add a Household membership category to the membership structure and raise the dues for existing categories early last year. These changes were effective on July 1, 2017. NAMI South Bay is required to follow the new membership structure. The new membership rates are as follows:
– Household $60. For multiple people at one address.
– Individual $40.
– Open Door $5. Open to anyone experiencing financial constraints.
If there are multiple people at your address who wish to join NAMI you have many options.
- Each person may join as an Individual or Open Door member or
- One person at the address may join as an Individual or Open Door member or
- All people at the address may join as part of one Household membership.
NAMI South Bay will no longer support a “Newsletter Only” membership category because it is not supported by NAMI national. “Newsletter Only” members whose memberships expired July 1, 2017 can rejoin using one of supported membership categories. Those whose memberships expire after July 1, will have their memberships converted to one of the supported categories.
If you are not a member or wish to renew your membership in NAMI South Bay, please See membership renewal form or go to www.nami.org.