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.

South Bay Homeless Count

A Point in Time Count of homeless neighbors in the South Bay will occur on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  The purpose of the count is to assess the scope of homeless in the South Bay.  It is not to engage nor assist at this point but to provide information needed to address the problem.

As many of the homeless are persons with a mental illness, NAMI South Bay is working with the South Bay Coalition to End Homeless to recruit volunteers on this count.

For information on how to volunteer please go to www.theycountwillyou.org.

Monthly Meeting: January 23


Dr. Mary Read, M.D. Director of Adult Outpatient Program Harbor UCLA Medical Center will speak at our monthly meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017.

Please note that we will be meeting on the fourth Monday of the month instead of the third Monday because of the legal holiday on this coming Monday.

Dr. Read will be speaking about the use of medication in psychiatry, an update on recent developments and will be an opportunity to “Ask the Doctor” about medications. Dr. Read is interested in clinical, administrative and political issues as they affect the individual patiendt and the larger system of care. She has a particular interest in anxiety and psychotic disorders and is active in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) services at Harbor We are very fortunate to have Dr. Read speak to our group and am sure you will find it very informative and helpful

The Caring and Sharing Support Group will start at 6 PM and the Speaker Presentation will start at 7:30 PM at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

Westchester Family Support Group

The NAMI Westchester Family Support Group of South Bay meets in the evening on the first Monday of each month. The peer-led group offers free and confidential support guided by principles that emphasize respect, understanding, and encouragement for all participants, organized by NAMI trained moderators Mercedes Garcia, Anna London and Bob London. The support group is open for adult (18 years and older) family members or caregivers of mentally ill loved ones.


  • Westchester YMCA
  • 8015 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles 90045
  • Annex Building, Fireside Room
  • Please enter from the Alverstone Ave. parking lot
  • The Annex building is the 1-story structure in the Alverstone partiking lot behind the YMCA main building


  • First Monday of Each Month
  • 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Please let others know.

For information email namiwsg@gmail.com

NAMI California Seeks 2017 Workshop Proposals

NAMI California is seeking proposals for presentations for its 2017 Annual Conference in Newport Beach, California on August 25th and 26th. NAMI California will be offering tracks in the following areas:

  • Transitional Aged Youth (T.A.Y.)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Strengthening NAMI
  • Consumer and Family Engagement/Recovery Practices
  • Engaging Diverse Communities
  • Advocacy

NAMI California highly encourages workshop applications that incorporate and address diverse communities through dynamic strategies and programs including, Multimedia, Education/Training, Personal Stories, and Advocacy. Available workshop spaces are limited and will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee.

Workshop proposals must be submitted by March 10, 2017 to be considered.

Click here to download the Workshop Proposal Application.

Mental Health Reform

white-house-adobestock_114483342In December 2016, President Obama signed mental health reform into law as part of H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, thanks in part to the work of thousands of NAMI advocates. Now, more Americans will have access to the mental health care they need. NAMI CEO Mary Giliberti and Director of Legislative Advocacy Andrew Sperling were at the White House for the 21st Century Cures signing ceremony. Giliberti calls this achievement a major step in the right direction for the mental health community and Congress.

“This was anything but a lame duck session. The House and Senate vote counts showed overwhelming support for the cause that we all hold so dear.”

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For 2017 Beach Cities Support Group Meets on the Last Monday of the Month

As of January 2017, the Beach Cities Support Group meets on the last Monday of the month at Baycities Southbay Church at 4915 Emerald Street in Torrance (on the corner of Victor and Emerald). Meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2016 NAMI South Bay Holiday Potluck

Christmas cake on a stand.

Please join us tonight at the NAMI South Bay Holiday Potluck.

6:30 PM, Monday, December 19
First Lutheran Church,
2900 Carson, Torrance, CA

Bring the whole family and friends. It is a wonderful time to connect with others who share in the struggles and challenges of a mental illness and learn about resources and recovery. Bring a dish to share for 8 to 10 people and white elephant gift for a raffle to add to the festive spirit.

The Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members will start at 5:30 PM in the Fireside Room and end at 6:30 PM.