January 2018 Meeting — The Future of Nami South Bay

This month’s general meeting is being held on the fourth Monday because of last week’s holiday.
Please note that the February meeting will also be the fourth Monday, instead of the third, because of a legal holiday.

NAMI South Bay January General Meeting
7:30 PM Monday, January 22, 2018

Please come to the January Meeting to participate in our annual organizational meeting. NAMI South Bay needs your input to discuss future plans, to meet your needs, and to meet the needs of our community regarding the challenges of mental illness. We will also have our annual election of officers.

Among the things we will discuss: NAMI National is asking all NAMI affiliates to meet criteria included in their Standards of Excellence. We need your input and participation to ensure we, as NAMI South Bay members, meet these Standards and are doing the best we can to serve persons with a mental illness and their families to get the treatment, services, and support they need. Your thoughts are critical to this effort.

For the election of officer at this meeting for office starting February 2018, persons who have consented to have their names be considered for election to a NAMI South Bay Board Office are:

President: Paul Stansbury
Vice President: John Conway
Secretary: Cheryl Tchir
Treasurer: Chris Lawrence.

We welcome other persons who would like to be candidates for Board Officers and to participate in other positions such as Volunteer Coordinator, Newsletter Editor, Education Coordinator, Peer Coordinator, Advocacy Coordinator, and assist in other activities. Please email pstans5@aol.com of your interest or questions.

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Holiday Potluck 2017

NAMI South Bay
Holiday Potluck

6:30 PM, Monday, December 18
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 8 to 10 people and a 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.

General Meeting, Monday, November 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

The Speaker for October will be Dr. Dorit Saberi, Supervising Psychologist of the AMI/ABLE Program and Associate Professor UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Saberi will be speaking about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the Friends and Family Program.

DBT is a psychotherapy treatment program first developed for treating Borderline Personality Disorder but has now been used to treat other forms of mental illness. This approach works towards helping people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and helping to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help avoid undesired reactions. DBT assumes that people are doing their best but lack the skills needed to succeed, or are influenced by positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement that interferes with their ability to function appropriately.

The Friends and Family program is for family members and friends of a person with a mental illness that helps them to communicate more effectively with their loved ones and to better handle difficult situations. Please come to learn about DBT and how it is used in the Friends and Family Program.

The Caring and Sharing Support Groups will meet at 6 PM and the regular speaker meeting at 7:30 PM will meet at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

October Meeting – Proxy Parent Foundation

The Speaker for October will be Gary Chang of Proxy Parents Foundation. Proxy Parent Foundation safeguards public benefits for disabled persons through the PLAN of California Master Pooled Trust and provides “family like” Personal Support Services for people with mental illness and other brain disorders.

PLAN of California Master Pooled Trust can accommodate either first party “self-settled” or third party “family-generated” special needs trusts. The Proxy Parent Foundation PLAN of California Master Pooled Trust has no asset minimum and is open to all ages and disability types. Proxy Parent Foundation helps coordinate public and private social services and medical care for PLAN of California Special Needs Trust beneficiaries with mental illness and other brain disorders.

Proxy Parent Foundation helps answer their families’ question: Who will care when I’m not there? Our Personal Support Services for people with mental illness and other brain disorders may include help in finding suitable housing, providing medication education, life skills tutoring, social activities and friendship. Proxy Parents was started by NAMI members to address these needs.

The Caring and Sharing Support Groups will meet at 6 PM and the regular speaker meeting at 7:30 PM will meet at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

September General Meeting Tonight

7:30 PM Monday, September 18, 2017

The Speaker for September will be Yvonne Miranda of Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN). Yvonne is the Regional Recovery Supporter for the South Bay/Long Beach area. PRPSN offers a variety of services to persons with a mental illness including Hacienda of Hope, warm line and self-help groups. Yvonne will tell us about their services and especially the groups in the South Bay.

The Project Return groups meet weekly in a variety of locations for discussion, friendship and social activities. For many, these peer support groups are important steps towards recovery, self-help and wellness. Each group is individualized and is self-directed. Activities and curriculum are created by the facilitators and group participants.As one of the Regional Recovery Area Supporters Yvonne works with the help group facilitators develop their skills and give feedback to the group.

We are working with Project Return to link our Peer to Peer Program and Connections Support Group for persons with a mental illness with their activities. We are piloting a program with Kaiser to have better connections from the clinical programs to these support groups.

Please come and learn how persons with a mental illness can become involved in these programs and how NAMI South Bay can help support their efforts.

The Caring and Sharing Support Groups will meet at 6 PM and the regular meeting at 7:30 PM will meet at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

 

August Meeting — Infinitely Polar Bear

NAMI South Bay August Membership Meeting
7:30 PM Monday, August 21, 2017

Please come and join with your NAMI South Bay friends to view “Infinitely Polar Bear” movie. Infinitely Polar Bear is based on a true story and is a funny and heartbreaking portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other. After Cam Stuart (Oscar Nominee, Mark Ruffalo) has a manic breakdown that lands him in a mental hospital, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) and their two young daughters are forced to move into a cramped apartment in Cambridge. Broke, stressed and overwhelmed, Maggie leaves for New York to complete her MBA and build a better life for their daughters. With his wife away in New York, Cam quickly realizes that he is in over his head.

The Caring and Sharing Support Groups will meet at 6 PM and the regular meeting (now a movie night) will meet at the First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson Street in Torrance.

July Membership Meeting

Please come Monday evening, July 17, 2017, to hear Brittney Weissman, the Executive Director of NAMI Los Angeles County, talk about the state of NAMI in Los Angeles County including:

  • NAMI advocacy efforts.
  • Efforts with law enforcement on crisis intervention and diversion to treatment for persons with a mental illness.
  • The offering of NAMI signature programs throughout LA County including Ending the Silence and some other relatively new programs.
  • The effort of NAMI affiliates in Los Angeles County to meet the NAMI National Standards of Excellence including consideration of consolidating some affiliates.

Brittney and NAMI LA County has become the voice on mental illness in the county whenever the county leadership or media seek input on issues related to mental health. Please take the opportunity to meet, listen and provide input to Brittney Weissman.

We will meeting for the meeting at 7:30 PM in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson, Torrance.

The Caring and Sharing Support Groups will meet at 6 PM.