NAMI South Bay Clergy Breakfast

In an effort to reach out to clergy of all denominations, NAMI South Bay is hosting a Clergy Breakfast on Saturday, October 10, 2015. At the breakfast, participating clergy can learn about NAMI South Bay, and NAMI South Bay hopes to learn how to assist clergy in dealing with mental illness issues.

If there is a member of the clergy you would like invited, and if you have not done so already, please contact Sandy Villano at (310) 436-9300 or Paul Stansbury at to provide contact information.

Suicide: Can Thoughts of Suicide Be Prevented?

Mental health professionals are trained to help a person understand their feelings and can improve mental wellness and resiliency.

Depending on their training they can provide effective ways to help.

Psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, can help a person with thoughts of suicide recognize unhealthy patterns of thinking and behavior, validate troubling feelings, and learn coping skills.

Medication can be used if necessary to treat underlying depression and anxiety and can lower a person’s risk of hurting themselves. Depending on the person’s mental health diagnosis, other medications can be used to alleviate symptoms.

Click here to see more at the National NAMI Site

Countdown: NAMI Walks 2015 L.A. — Two Weeks Away

Walk 2014Two weeks to go. We need you! Please join us for the annual Walk. It is the best opportunity to demonstrate that mental health treatment is a civil right and to fight the stigma that is all too prevalent in our society.

The Walk will be at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, October 3. Grand Park is a lovely venue with many iconic Los Angeles landmarks along the Walk. Trendy food trucks will be at the park early that morning and there are many well known eateries including Grand Central Market nearby. Parking is available at Grand Park and a transit station is in the Park. We will have a NAMI South Bay booth and look forward to seeing you there.

To become a Team Captain CLICK HERE for instructions on how to register. Recruit families and friends. If you can’t be a Team Captain, please join one of our existing teams listed below as a Walker or support a Walker. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Paul Stansbury at or (310) 892-8046.

September Meeting – Monday Evening with Del Amo Hospital CEO

We are pleased to announce that Steven Oppenheimer the new Chief Executive Officer for Del Amo Hospital will be our guest presenter at our speaker meeting starting at 7:30 PM in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance. It will be an opportunity to hear about the programs at Del Amo Hospital and begin a dialogue with the hospital and a collaborative effort to improve mental health services in the South Bay.

“I have many passions in life. Being a global adventurer is a joy in my personal life. In my professional life, I passionately advocate for change, reform, improvement, and optimization in the healthcare delivery arena. Regardless of the setting, it’s about discovering new things, taking on new challenges, and exploring innovative approaches and solutions.”

The Caring and Sharing Support Group will begin at 6 PM in a conference room in Faith Hall.

Exercise to Restore Cognitive Function

The expression goes: “A sound mind and a sound body.” It makes sense in a lot of ways, and researchers are finding a connection between exercise and physical fitness and a person’s recovery from the cognitive dysfunction that can accompany an episode of acute mental illness, according to a recent article in Schizophrenia Bulletin. The article, by Iris E. Sommer and René S. Kahn of the Department of Psychiatry, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, titled “The Magic of Movement; the Potential of Exercise to Improve Cognition,” discusses the effectiveness of medication to prevent cognitive dysfunction compared to the effectiveness of exercise once cognition has declined, and more specifically:

“In sharp contrast to the disappointing findings of pharmacological interventions [to restore cognitive function], are the promising results of studies assessing the potential of physical exercise to improve cognition. Both aerobic training and resistance training have the potential to improve cognition, while the combination of both yields the strongest improvement in cognitive functioning.”

The report does not recommend against pharmacological solutions to acute psychotic conditions. But it does point out that there is a strong place for physical well being in the recovery process. The Schizophrenia Bulletin is featured on Medscape, and provides a wide range of reports on research findings and conclusions. In the same issue as the subject article, for instance, is “Ethical Challenges in the Primary Prevention of Schizophrenia” and “The promise of Biological Markers for Treatment Response in First-Episode Psychosis: A Systematic Review.” Neither Medscape nor the Schizophrenia Bulletin are owned or published by NAMI.



Mental Health & The Church: October 7-9

It’s difficult to imagine that 50% of adults will develop depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, or some other mental illness in their lifetime. This staggering reality can feel daunting, but there is HOPE for mental health.

HOPE says that you are not defined by your illness. HOPE says your life has a purpose even when you don’t feel it. HOPE says you are not alone.

On October 7-9, 2015, Saddleback Church will host its Gathering on Mental Health and the Church to help attendees break the silence and stigma. The three days are to be packed with practical help and hope for individuals affected by mental illness, their loved ones, church leaders, and mental health professionals.

  • Two Day Conference – $139
  • Pre-Conference – $40

For more information, visit THIS SITE.

This event is not a NAMI sponsored event, but is marked on the Calendar of NAMI California as a Mental Health Event in and around California. NAMI makes no claim as respects the conduct or outcome of the event. Potential attendees should consider the event on its own merit.

Symposium on Treating Trauma Survivors with Dissociative Disorders

Del Amo Behavioral Health and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation present:

First Annual Donald Fridley, PhD, Symposium

When Lightning Strikes: Treating Trauma Survivors Diagnosed With Dissociative Disorders

Where: Del Amo Hospital Auditorium
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
CEU’s available


  • Steve Frankel, PhD, J.D.- Pragmatics, dynamics, pitfalls & ethics when the relatively new clinician meets the newly diagnosed dissociative patient/client
  • Hope Carter, ATR-BC, LPC, LPCC – Using Creativity in the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociative Disorders: Uncovering Self and Safety
  • Colin Ross, MD, The Application of Trauma Model Therapy (TMT) to Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders

For more information and registration, please contact Howard Mationg, 310-505-6302 or