NAMI California Advocacy News of the Week

A Year in Review: Mental Health at the State Capitol

2015 was a busy year for mental health policy in California. NAMI California was active in Sacramento, ensuring that the family and consumer voice was heard. Most notably, California will now have a statewide minimum standard for law enforcement training related to mental illness. NAMI California is grateful to all of its affiliates and members for their tireless advocacy in their communities and at the Capitol! Click here for NAMI California’legislative recap.

NAMI California is going to Humboldt

Wednesday, October 28
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Community Wellness Center
908 7th St.
Eureka, CA 95501

Join NAMI California and NAMI Humboldt for a NAMI SMARTS advocacy training and meeting with local county behavioral health department officials on Wednesday, October 28 — a great opportunity to sharpen your advocacy skills and share your experiences with your behavioral health department. RSVP to

Applying Cognitive Therapy: I Stopped Myself from Falling

Chip on their Shoulders

Recently, I was faced with a potentially harmful situation. When I say that, I mean the outcome had a strong possibility of ending very badly for me. And to make it a little clearer while remaining vague, it has everything to do with the events that led to my breakdown, therefore this was a very sensitive situation. It’s going to be very difficult attempting to explain what happened without actually doing so. In time, everything will be elucidated. However, that time is not now.

A very large contribution to my breakdown resurfaced just a few days ago. I had to make a decision of whether or not I was ready to confront it. I decided that I was. When I was alerted to this reappearance, I was wrought with distorted thoughts, thoughts that contribute to dysfunctional behavior. I suddenly made a lot of unrealistic expectations that seemed very unlikely to…

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NAMIWalks 2015




NAMI が毎年行う年一番大きなチャリティー イヴェントNAMI Walkは、103日晴天の中無事終了致しました。 日本人グループは会員と友人を合わせ14名の参加者 がありました。 青空の下、ダウンタウンを見学しながらいい運動になりました。
ドネーションも、皆様からの暖かいサポートを頂き、目標の$2,000をはるかに上回る事が出来ました。 NAMI South Bayに還元される金額から、日本語の本の購入精神障害に関する家族学習会の日本語のテキスト作成の為の費用、ゲストスピーカー招待の費用など、今後の活動などに充てる予定です。


Event Main Stage

Event Main Stage



今年のNAMIWalksに参加して思ったことは、何時か私も陰でひっそりと暮らしている息子と一緒に、太陽の下を胸を張って歩きたいと思いました。 今回参加されなかった方も来年は是非一緒に歩きましょう。



5km Walkの出発前 South Bay Groupのブースの前で

5km Walkの出発前 South Bay Groupのブースの前で


General Meeting October 19 — Coordination, Emergency Outreach, and Mental Evaluation Teams

LAC_DMH_Antelope_Valley_MHC_1786130Our next regular General Meeting will be Monday, October 19, 2015, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church in Torrance. NAMI South Bay will have a panel of three guests for Monday evening’s meeting: Pam Pasillas of the Emergency Outreach Bureau (EOB) of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), Sergeant Carol Wilk of the Torrance Mental Evaluation Team (Torrance MET), and a member of the Gardena/Hawthorne Mental Evaluation Team (GH-MET).

The panel will discuss the field-based mental health services teams combining police and mental health professionals in our area. Important information will be presented about what these teams do and how to work with them.

First Lutheran ChurchThe general meeting will be preceded by the Caring and Sharing Support Group, a support group for family members to discuss anything pertaining to the care, management or treatment of their loved ones, as well as the family members’ and caretakers’ own well being.

Parking is available in the parking lot off of Carson Street and on Carson Street and Flower Avenue.

Open Mind Lecture with Dr. Michael S. Gazzaniga

Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, Director of the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind and one of the founders of the field of cognitive neuroscience, will discuss his new book,Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience recounts his decades-long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate with their separate agendas.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015; 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Friends of the Semel Institute
Admission is free, but reservations required. RVSP HERE.

Dr. Gazzaniga is the Director of UCSB’s SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. He is also the president of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute, the founding director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project and the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. He received a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous books including The Social Brain, Mind Matters, Nature’s Mind, Who’s In Charge, and What Makes Us Human.

The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing state-of-the-art research and treatment for illnesses of the mind and brain.

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