NAMI California’s New Website

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NAMI California has a brand-new website. Check it out! Its new site has a fresh and clean feel with easier navigation to better serve its members, affiliates and visitors. In rolling it out, NAMI California has extended thanks to talented team at Big Tomato Tech and NAMI EasySite for designing and customizing the site. The website content is still being updating and new features are being added, so check back often!

Among its new features:

  • Easier to use “Find Your Local NAMI” tools, including county map and search by ZIP code
  • Better search functionality for NAMI classes and support groups, including Google maps of locations
  • Modern look and feel
  • Built-in Google translate on every page
  • Better social sharing and integration of social networks
  • Smart phone and tablet optimization
  • Ability to resize text from any page (larger or smaller)

The new site also has improved features for affiliates. Well done, NAMI California. The new site looks great!

What is #StigmaFree?

I-am-stigma-free-300x300NAMI offers the understanding that only those with the lived experience of mental illness can provide. Together with its grassroots volunteers, NAMI works every day to provide help and hope to millions of Americans. When we take care of mental health, we can all see the benefits. Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the #StigmaFree pledge to (1) learn more about mental illness, (2) to see a person for who they are and (3) take action on mental health issues. Take the pledge and raise awareness.

Remember these three steps:

Step 1: Educate Yourself and Others

Everyone knows a little about mental health issues but knowing the facts about mental illness can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn’t only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions but dispelling many false ideas about mental health conditions as well.

Step 2: See the Person and Not the Illness

1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition and each of them has their own story, path and journey that says more about them than their diagnoses. Whether you live with mental illness or are a friend, family member, care giver or medical professional getting to know a person and treating them with kindness and empathy means far more than just knowing what they are going through.

Step 3: Take Action on Mental Health Issues

Our mental health care systems have been in crisis for far too long and often keep treatment and recovery out of the hands of many who need it. We can take action now as we push for better legislation and policies to improve lives for everyone. By lending your support you can show that this cause important to you and desperately needed for millions of Americans.

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Luncheon to Support UCLA Neuroscience Residency Program

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, UCLA’s Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors will host Food and Friends at Vibiana. This elegant luncheon will raise vital funds for the Nexus Scholarship Award that supports the country’s most elite neuroscience M.D., Ph.D. clinicians/researchers during their Psychiatry Research Residency Program at UCLA. This next generation of scientists represents the future of the development of new treatments for illnesses of the mind and brain, which affect 6 billion people worldwide.

Food and Friends at Vibiana will bring together an audience of 300-350 influential people from the business, civic, entertainment, and philanthropic communities, as well as major UCLA campus leaders. Guests will enjoy a custom-designed “healthy for the mind and brain” menu prepared by Iron Chef winner and owner of Redbird Restaurant, Neal Fraser, in collaboration with Dr. Wendlin Slusser, Vice-Provost for the Healthy Campus Initiative. Lisa Kudrow, the beloved comedienne, well known for mining the mental health landscape, will serve as the emcee. Iconic musicians Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will be honored with the Artistic Award of Courage for being longtime advocates of ending child abuse and inspiring a national conversation about this important issue. The award will be presented to them by legendary musician/songwriter, Rick Springfield. UCLA’s Scattertones, a co-ed acapella group and Dove Cameron, the enchanting young star of Disney’s Liv and Maddie and Descendants  will entertain the crowd by performing several Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo’s classic hits. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

General Meeting Monday, February 22

NOTE: The meeting this month will not be on the third Monday, because of the President’s Day Holiday.
LegislationNext Monday, Mr. Malik Tate,LCSW, Mental Health Clinical Supervisor of the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program known as “Laura’s Law will be presenting on the implementation of Laura’s Law. Laura’s Law is a California state law that allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment.  To qualify for the program, the person must have a serious mental illness plus a recent history of psychiatric hospitalizations, jailings or acts, threats or attempts of serious violent behavior towards [self] or others.  Recent experience with this treatment has shown that the court is usually able to obtain voluntary participation in the treatment.  Please come and learn about this program which has been recently approved in Los Angeles County.

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

Tell Your Senators To Invest In Treatment, Not Jail


Tell Your Senators To Invest In Treatment,

Not Jail

Valentine’s Day brings to mind being with the people you love. Unfortunately, millions of Americans with mental illness will be in jail and away from loved ones because they did not get the treatment they need when they needed it.

Your advocacy can help change this.

Ask your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor S. 2002, the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, which will help connect people with treatment, not jail. S. 2002 will help through:

  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs for first responders to people in crisis
  • Specialized mental health and drug courts
  • Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) programs
  • Improving treatment in correctional facilities
  • Data collection on interactions between people with mental illness and the criminal justice system, including those killed or seriously injured in confrontations with police

NAMI Smarts Training March 1 in Fairfield

NAMI Smart

The next NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Training and Regional Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 1 in Fairfield. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Training and Regional Meeting
Tuesday, March 1 (time TBD)
Grace Episcopal Church (Hall)
1405 West Kentucky St.

Fairfield, CA  94533

To RSVP, please contact Marcel at or (916) 567-0163.