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.
One of the most frequent calls and inquiries to our NAMI South Bay Affiliate is about the availability of housing. Another frequent phone call is about persons with a mental illness being caught up in the criminal justice system. And of course a major area of interest is the effort of NAMI affiliates to have a more effective advocacy by consolidating.
The speaker for our June Monthly meeting will be Brittney Weissman, Executive Director of NAMI Los Angeles County. She will speak about recent efforts on improving the availability of board and cares, diversion of persons with a mental illness from the criminal justice system. and the need for us to advocate for some very promising efforts in these areas. Ms. Weissman spoke at the Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday on our behalf on the issue of alternatives to incarceration.
Please come to our June 17 meeting at 7:30 and hear about these efforts and support the recommendations going the Board of Supervisors.
Both the Family Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members and Connections Support Group for persons with a mental illness will start at 6 PM and end at 7:15 PM.
May As Mental Health Month
Annual Pasta Dinner
will start at 6:30 PM.
Come join us for the annual celebration of May as Mental Health Month and take the opportunity to unite with others in showing why we care!
We will also have the chance to meet the new Walk Manager, hear about the exciting plans for this year’s walk and a special inspirational musical performance by Ramon Cabiling.
Both the Family Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members and Connections Support Group for persons with a mental illness will start at 5:30 PM and end at 6:30 PM.
May 18 – 27th
Downtown Los Angeles Arts District
1262 Palmetto St, Los Angeles 90013
(corner of Palmetto St. and Mateo St.)
WeRise is an immersive cultural event featuring powerful art, live performances and bold conversations to help us explore mental wellbeing and a wide range of related social issues. This ten-day engagement will offer a museum-quality gallery plus a full program of special events, music, art activities, workshops and screenings.
WeRise is free and open to the public each evening and weekends. Weekday mornings are reserved for school field trips to provide students with unique opportunities to engage with special guests and event educators who will help students explore the experience with age-appropriate curriculum.
WeRise is sponsored by the LA County Department of Mental Health with support from the Mental Health Services Act through funding dedicated to prevention and early intervention. Learn more about our campaign at http://www.WhyWeRise.LA.
Dennis Murata, Service Area 8 Chief of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (South Bay and Long Beach) and Jennifer Lamarque of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hahn’s Office will be presenting. Dennis Murata will be giving an update on the Department of Mental Health efforts. Jennifer Lamarque will present on Supervisor Hahn’s priorities regarding mental health. We are fortunate to have this pair of knowledgeable persons at our meeting to tell us about the state of mental health programs in the South Bay and the important initiatives of Supervisor Hahn regarding mental health. Supervisor Hahn has taken the leadership on several mental health issues. including the replacement of part of the central jail with mental health treatment facilities, has supported studies of number of hospital, and step down psychiatric beds. We will also learn how we can assist in improving the mental health system.
Please come to hear and provide comment on these presentations. We need to show our interest and support of mental health initiatives. As part of our mission to advocate for persons with a mental illness and their families we need to support efforts to improve the system and provide comment on issues where the system is not working well.
The Family Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members will start at 6 PM and the General Meeting will start at 7:30 PM. First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson in Torrance.