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.
Many NAMI South Bay members have membership renewals around the start of the calendar year. Early last 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. 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.
The annual NAMI California Conference will be in Southern California in late spring with many informative workshops and resources. The conference will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, 2019.
The 2019 NAMI California Conference introduces tracks that represent key topic areas and critical information: Young Adults; Criminal Justice; Providers; Consumers & Families; Advocacy; Engaging in Diverse Communities.
Mark your calendar and plan on attending. Super Early Bird Registration ends January 7, 2019.
Our general meeting will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church. 2900 Carson Street, Torrance, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 p.m.in the room off of Faith Hall.
Our guests will be Karen Holt, an estate attorney presenting information on Special Needs Trusts, and Marc Ang, Financial Advisor, joining her to discuss ABLE accounts.
A special needs trust is a specialized trust that allows the disabled beneficiary to enjoy the use of property that is held in the trust for his or her benefit while at the same time allowing the beneficiary to receive essential needs-based government benefits. Ms. Holt will review the needs and issues regarding special needs trusts, government benefits and requirements. Because of the restrictions on how much income and assets a person can have while receiving government benefits the use and structure of a special needs trust is very important. The special needs trust can be a valuable tool for family members to consider supporting their loved one.
An ABLE account (Achieving a Better Life Experience) is a relatively new type of tax-advantaged savings account available in several states that an eligible individual can use to pay for qualified disability expenses. The eligible individual is the owner and designated beneficiary of the ABLE account.
At 7:30 PM Dr. Dorit Saberi will present on Anxiety Disorders continuing our series on the various types of mental illnesses.
Dr.Saberi is Co-Director of Training, Psychology Division in the School of Psychiatry at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She will focus on general anxiety disorders and Obessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). The percentage of persons in the United States with anxiety disorders is reported by the National Institute of Mental Health to be 19.1% and 31% of adults experience an anxiety disorder sometime in their lifetime. Also, anxiety disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses. It will be a chance to ask her about anxiety disorders.
Dr. Saberi will also share information about the Families and Friends Program which uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
The meeting will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance, tonight, October 15, 2018.
Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the room off of Faith Hall.
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 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.
- 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.
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.