Nominations Open for Board Candidates — NAMI California

NAMI California is currently accepting nominations for its Board of Directors. Board candidates will be voted on by members at the Annual Conference in August and serve a three-year term. NAMI California is seeking qualified candidates who have experience working at the state level, have knowledge of mental health policy, insight into nonprofit organizational structure and governance,  and/or legal, financial or fundraising experience. Board candidates must share a commitment to help all those affected by mental illness and a passion for NAMI California’s mission. Please click on the link below to complete the Board of Directors Nomination Online Application.

The deadline to submit your application is May 1, 2017. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline date.

Click here to complete the NAMI California Board of Directors ONLINE Nomination Application.

If you have any questions, please contact

NAMI San Gabriel Valley Event May 2, 2017

SGV Front Line for veterans, first responders, and their families–a community forum open to all who are interested in attending.

Please join Nami San Gabriel Valley on Tuesday, May 2nd for a thought-provoking talk on ways of responding to conflicting ideas, and enjoy a casual dinner too! There is no charge for the program.

The New Leadership Challenge:
Understanding People, Values, and Change
in a Topsy-Turvy World

Pete Parker
Veteran US Army Ranger and Entrepreneur

Program is followed by a casual dinner and social time.
6:30-9 PM

The Legion Club of Pasadena
131 N. Marengo Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Please CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

Questions? Call 818-478-5740.

There is no charge for the program or dinner.

SGV Front Line community forum programs are a service project hosted by NAMI SGV and The American Legion Family, Pasadena, Post 13.

Monday Meeting – March 20, 2017

Please join us for our monthly meeting. This month, Ms. Monique Cando from Stars Behavioral Health will be our presenter. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM.

Ms. Cando is a National Clinical Training Specialist and her presentation will be on “Using Person-Centered Approaches to Planning and Problem Solving”. Monique earned her MA in Psychology from California State University Los Angeles where her area of study was focused on cross cultural research and ethnic minority mental health. Monique has worked directly with children and families specializing in crisis prevention and crisis management. Her presentation will be extremely valuable to families in dealing with crises and problem solving.

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

Western Recovery Conference — Friday March 3 and Saturday March 4

Peer Action 4 Change announces the Western Recovery Conference, its annual mental health conference organized by and for mental health clients/consumers/survivors, in Culver City, California at SHARE! Culver City. To register and for more information please go to Western Recovery Conference.

Registration fee: $150* by February 28, 2017 ($180 after 2/28/17)
CLICK HERE to go to the registration page.

*Scholarship of $140 is available for mental health consumers who live in Los Angeles County. Enter the Promo Code “PA4C” to pay the $10 reduced registration by February 28, 2017. Notice that the third character in the Promo Code is then numeral 4. After entering the Promo Code, hit the red “Apply” button.

The scholarship rate for mental health consumers from Los Angeles County will be $30 at the door. Please bring photo ID to the conference to verify residency in Los Angeles County.

Third Annual Parent and Caregiver Conference

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at St. Anne’s Center in Los Angeles

A one day conference featuring speakers, a panel of experts, and round table discussions and workshops for parents and caregivers who have a loved one with mental health condition of any age.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (PST)
St. Anne’s
155 North Occidental Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026


Morning Program:

  • Jonathan E. Sherin, M.D., Ph.D., Los Angeles County Director of Mental Health
    Looking Ahead
  • Steve Pitman J.D., President, NAMI National Board
  • Sandy Banks, Mental Health Advocate, Journalist, former L. A. Times columnist
    Finding Hope & Health Along the Journey
  • Panel Presentation – Tool Box of Communication
    Moderator, Helena Ditko, LCSW , Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health
    How can we equip caretakers with the communication tools they need? Our panel will cover some of the family experience, the treatment experience and resources are helpful and available.

Roundtable Discussions over lunch:

  • Caring for Ourselves
  • Why I chose LPS Conservatorship
  • Communication Tips – (English & Spanish)
  • My Family Member has been Arrested
  • Advocating for Care in Crisis – (English & Spanish)
  • Navigating the Dept. of Mental Health

Afternoon Sessions:

  • Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness – Lora Illig, ExecutiveDirector, NAMI Pomona Valley and Leola Johnson, NAMI Antelope Valley, NAMI State Trainer
  • Patients Rights’ – Jaime Walker, Health Program Analyst, Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health
  • Trauma Informed Care – Celeste H. Ryan, Ph.D., Juvenile Justice Mental Health Program Coordinator, Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health
  • Creating a Community of Care to Heal Hidden Wounds – Gail Soffer, Founder, Executive Director

Five Reasons to Attend the NAMI National Convention

  1. Learn exciting research, tools, treatment options and recovery strategies directly from experts
  2. Discover how to lead effective mental health advocacy efforts
  3. Hear relatable stories and make personal connections with powerful impact
  4. Find day-to-day support through coping strategies, health and wellness activities, and legal services
  5. Earn continuing education credits as a licensed counselor, social worker or registered nurse

The NAMI National Convention connects and inspires people with or affected by a mental illness who are looking for resources, research, support services and recovery strategies. Join this diverse, action-driven gathering of individuals with mental health conditions, family members and caregivers, policymakers, educators, researchers, clinicians, providers, exhibitors, sponsors and press this year in Washington, D.C.

First-on-Board member rate of just $195 is only available until January 31.

To learn more about program offerings, CLICK HERE.

November 21 Meeting

Please join NAMI South Bay for its November monthly meeting tonight. The speaker for this meeting will be from Mental Health Advocacy Services a nonprofit organization protecting and advancing the legal rights of people with mental disabilities obtaining government benefits and services such as SSI, housing, mental health parity and others. The speaker will tell us about their services and provide a special report on their involvement in the study “Failing Grade:How California’s School Districts Have Abandoned Children with Disabilities”


November Meeting
Monday, November 11, 2016
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
2900 W Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90503

Caring and Sharing will begin at 6 p.m.

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