From Executive Director Mary Giliberti, J.D.:
Dear NAMI Supporter,
In these final hours of 2015, I’d like to ask you to consider making one final gift of hope this year.
All year-round, people affected by mental health conditions and their families turn to us for help, for hope and for a future free from the stigma of mental illness.
There’s so much you’ve helped us accomplish this year, but as I look ahead to 2016, there’s much to be done. Your gift ensures we can serve even more families and individuals in the year ahead, improving lives and strengthening our communities for generations to come.
We can advocate for a well-functioning mental health system that offers early, effective interventions so that outcomes are better in communities everywhere.
And we must continue to educate the public on the realities of mental illness to promote acceptance and understanding for people living with mental health conditions.
This is your last chance to give the gift of hope in 2015. Your donations will help us continue to work towards a tomorrow without the stigma of mental illness.
Thank you for putting your trust in NAMI.
Mary Giliberti, J.D.
P.S. Don’t forget to make your gift before midnight on December 31.
Following is a list with links to the Mental Health Fact Sheets currently available on the national website for NAMI. These fact sheets are clear, concise information on mental health topics. NAMI suggests they may be useful by sharing them with loved ones, taking them to appointment, or handing them out at health fairs. Each link is to a downloadable PDF file.
Mental Health Conditions
Treatment & Services
A Point in Time Count of homeless neighbors in the South Bay will occur on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The purpose of the count is to assess the scope of homeless in the South Bay. 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 this particular task, the work as a volunteer is to count. It is not to engage or assist. Rather, it is to provide valuable information so that problems can be addressed based upon the facts as they are. For information on how to volunteer please go to 2016 Homeless Count.
About the Homeless Point-in-time Count
The Homeless Point-in-time Count is led by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), to determine how many homeless individuals and families we have in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (CoC) on any given night. Over the course of three days and nights, sta and trained volunteers fan across the Los Angeles CoC and count the number of homeless persons, identify their demographic characteristics and the locations where they reside. In 2015, the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count was the largest homeless census in the country. It engaged more than 5,500 volunteers who counted 89 percent of Los Angeles County’s census tracts – a powerful showing of hands-on community engagement. And now we’re going annual – to help capture ever-more timely data to support the delivery of services.
6:30 PM, Monday, December 14
First Lutheran Church,
2900 Carson, Torrance, CA
Please come to our annual Happy Holidays Potluck. 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 10 to 12 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.
From NAMI California: A new RAND report shows that three NAMI programs significantly reduce the stigma of mental illness. The RAND evaluation, conducted through the CalMHSA grant, measured the stigma reduction of:
- In Our Own Voice
- Parents & Teachers as Allies, and
- Provider Education
Over the past two years, evaluations using RAND’s materials have been administered in 150 presentations, reaching 2,700 individuals. NAMI California is very proud of these programs and its affiliates for their tireless efforts in the evaluation process.
Click here, or the web-view picture on the right, to view the report on the RAND website.