Advocacy Day

Make your Voice Heard
May 4, 2021, 9 AM

Each year, NAMI California hosts advocacy days to provide a platform for passionate advocates to engage with lawmakers on important policies aimed at improving the quality of life for people with mental illness.

Save the date for NAMI California’s Capitol Advocacy Day! We’re lining up legislators to visit for our annual advocacy day on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

REGISTER HERE.

NAMIWalks Your Way

Saturday, May 22 | 9 AM – 3 PM

Join us to fight stigma, drive awareness, and raise funds for mental health!

On Saturday, May 22, you are invited to walk, run, bike, meet, or Zoom individually or with a team for NAMIWalks Your Way. NAMIWalks will be a virtual experience, united with NAMIWalks across the country. This year, participants get to use their creativity, with the main rule that we continue to advance towards our fundraising goal by leaps and bounds.

We encourage you to join the NAMI South Bay community for NAMIWalks as an individual, with your own group, or as part of an existing group (options below).

Join an Existing Walk Team

South Bay Cares | Team Captain: Lee Ann Farmer
NAMI South Bay Walkers | Team Captain: Paul Stansbury
NAMI Espanol Baby Blues 16 | Team Captain: Modesta Pulido
Japanese Group | Team Captain: Naoki Nagahata
Maddie’s Support | Team Captain: Madelynn Sanchez
Erika’s Lighthouse Palos Verdes | Team Captain: Marielle Sandler
Eve’s Family-to-Family and Friends | Team Captain: Eve Somers
Del Amo Hospital | Team Captain: Howard Mationg
Chester Hope | Team Captain: Anna London

NAMI South Bay Fundraisers

Looking for others ways to participate? Join us for one of these local fundraisers!

Diana’s Mexican Restaurant
Monday, April 26 | 6 – 8 PM

Location: 300 E. Sepulveda Blvd, Carson, CA 90745
Donation: $25

NAMI South Bay’s Español Baby Blue 16 Team invites you and your family to the Taco Night Fun and Fundraiser to support NAMIWalks Your Way. There will be music, prizes, and of course, delicious Mexican food! See the flyer for more details.

Bettolino Kitchen
Every Tuesday in May

Location: 211 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

In honor of Mental Health Month, Bettolino Kitchen will be supporting NAMIWalks Your Way 2021 as part of their Giving Tuesday campaign. Eat at Bettolino Kitchen on any Tuesday in May, tell them you are supporting NAMI South Bay and the NAMIWalks event, and they will commit a portion of the proceeds from your order to the walk. This event organized by Del Amo Hospital Walk Team- Howard Mationg, Team Captain.

April Meeting – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

21st Century Interventions for Mental Illness:
rTMS, MeRT and IV Ketamine

Presenter: Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D.
Monday, April 19 | 7:30 PM (virtual meeting)

Dr. Koo is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. A pioneer in the development and application of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Dr. Koo is the founder and CEO of Neuro Wellness Spa, where she offers TMS, Magnetic E-Resonance therapy, IV ketamine, IV nutrition, and photobiomodulation as novel interventions for treatment-resistant mental illness. She is also the Medical Director at Clear Recovery Center and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clinical TMS Society and the Beach Cities Health District.

A Clinical Overview of Bipolar and Related Disorders

March Meeting Tonight: Nami South Bay is starting an “Ask the Doctor” Series about the different types of mental illness using Zoom until meetings can once again be held in person. Dr. Benjamin Furst will be presenting to start the series. Dr. Furst has been a teaching psychiatrist at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and faculty member at UCLA for the better part of the past 15 years. He currently serves as an attending psychiatrist in the adult outpatient clinic at Harbor-UCLA, where he has also worked in acute inpatient and emergency room settings. In additional to clinical work, he teaches and supervises psychiatry residents and medical student rotators and has participated in the conduct of clinical trials in mood disorders, schizophrenia, and substance-use disorder.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. (Monday, March 15, 2021)

We will be providing presentation on the other types of mental illness in this “Ask the Doctor” format in future meetings thanks to the assistance of the Harbor UCLA Medical Center School of Psychiatry.

Online Monthly Meeting – Alternative to Incarceration

Online Monthly Meeting – 7:30 PM
Monday, February 22, 2021

Alternatives to Incarceration

The Board of Supervisors commissioned in February 2019 a County Work Group on Alternatives to Incarceration charged with developing a “road map with an action-oriented framework and implementation plan to scale alternatives to incarceration and diversion so care and services are provided first and jail is a last resort.” The work group has produced a report “Care First, Jails Last” with a variety of recommendations. Brittney Weissman the Executive Director of NAMI Greater Los Angeles County(GLAC) was a member of the work group and will tell us about the work group, their recommendations and continuing work.

She will also report on other NAMI GLAC efforts across the county with Measure J and the consolidation of NAMI affiliates into NAMI GLAC. Please see below for more information about committees working to develop recommendations on Measure J approved by LA County voters in November. Measure J is the proposition requiring 10% of locally-generated revenue go to community investment and alternatives to incarceration. For information on how you can participate in stakeholder input go to Measure J Re-Imagine LA Advisory Sub-Committees.

January Meeting Tonight


Mental Health Parity, Health Insurance & Access to Care

Please come to hear from Renée Fabian a Los Angeles-based journalist who currently works as the features editor at The Mighty, covering mental health, chronic illness and disability. Despite laws designed to make it easier for you to get affordable mental health care, finding affordable treatment for mental illness is still a challenge. In this presentation, we’ll cover mental health parity, including how it affects your right to access mental health care, your rights as consumers, how to use your insurance to get care, and how we can advocate for better mental health care access in the future.

Please see article for her feature report in the “Mighty” and see Guides for information she developed on accessing insurance and will be discussing. For Spanish version see Guía.

Ms. Fabian has previously written for the Washington Post, VICE, Healthline, Talkspace, The Fix, and GRAMMY.com, among others. Renée holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.

We will also hold elections for the NAMI South Bay Board Offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.

Also, please consider getting involved helping to support families and persons with a mental illness and getting involved in finding and implementing solution to our dysfunctional mental health system. There are openings for Committee Chairs including Newsletter, Hospitality, Ombudsperson, NAMI Walk, Membership, Speaker Chair and others. Please submit your letter of interest or email to Paul Stansbury at psstans5@aol.com. Your letter of interest will be considered by the President and Board. Any questions, please contact Paul Stansbury.

LA County residents 65 and older can get coronavirus vaccines starting Thursday

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis on Monday, Jan. 18 delivered a rare executive order widening the county’s vaccine rollout.

As debate over the slower-than expected rollout heated up anew, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis on Monday, Jan. 18 ordered that coronavirus vaccines be made available to residents 65 years of age and older beginning Thursday, Jan. 21.

“The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been an enormous undertaking, especially during an unprecedented surge where cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to skyrocket,” said Solis in a statement that accompanied her executive order. “However, if we are to ever get out of this dark winter, it is critical that we make headway vaccinating people 65 years of age and older as soon as possible – in line with Governor Gavin Newsom’s recommendations.”

Details were not yet available for how seniors could sign up, but the order directed county health officials to provide additional information for eligible residents. In the meantime, officials urged residents to visit VaccinateLACounty.com to sign up for email alerts.