Meeting Tonight – Mental Health Services Act

The speaker for the January 2019 meeting tonight will Dr. Debbie Innes-Gomberg, presenting on the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). MHSA funds many of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health programs. She will be speaking about services, programs, and how the community provides input into the plans. Dr. Innes-Gomberg has a long history with the Department of Mental Health as a clinical psychologist, District Chief for the Long Beach/South Bay area, and the the Program Manager for the MHSA Implementation and Outcomes Division.

NAMI families helped to support the passage of Proposition 63 which funds the MHSA program. As stakeholders we need to provide input on its implementation. This presentation will be a great opportunity to ask questions about the programs and address concerns and needs in our area.

Holiday Potluck

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NAMI South Bay Holiday Potluck
6:30 PM, Monday, December 17
First Lutheran Church
2900 Carson in Torrance

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 if you can 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 and end at 6:30 PM.

Meeting Tonight – Special Needs Trusts and ABLE accounts

Our general meeting will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church. 2900 Carson Street, Torrance, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 p.m.in the room off of Faith Hall.

Our guests will be Karen Holt, an estate attorney presenting information on Special Needs Trusts, and Marc Ang, Financial Advisor, joining her to discuss ABLE accounts.

A special needs trust is a specialized trust that allows the disabled beneficiary to enjoy the use of property that is held in the trust for his or her benefit while at the same time allowing the beneficiary to receive essential needs-based government benefits. Ms. Holt will review the needs and issues regarding special needs trusts, government benefits and requirements. Because of the restrictions on how much income and assets a person can have while receiving government benefits the use and structure of a special needs trust is very important. The special needs trust can be a valuable tool for family members to consider supporting their loved one.

An ABLE account (Achieving a Better Life Experience) is a relatively new type of tax-advantaged savings account available in several states that an eligible individual can use to pay for qualified disability expenses. The eligible individual is the owner and designated beneficiary of the ABLE account.

October Meeting – Anxiety Disorders

At 7:30 PM Dr. Dorit Saberi will present on Anxiety Disorders continuing our series on the various types of mental illnesses.

Dr.Saberi is Co-Director of Training, Psychology Division in the School of Psychiatry at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She will focus on general anxiety disorders and Obessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). The percentage of persons in the United States with anxiety disorders is reported by the National Institute of Mental Health to be 19.1% and 31% of adults experience an anxiety disorder sometime in their lifetime. Also, anxiety disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses. It will be a chance to ask her about anxiety disorders.

Dr. Saberi will also share information about the Families and Friends Program which uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

The meeting will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance, tonight, October 15, 2018.

Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the room off of Faith Hall.

August Meeting — Ride the Tiger

We will be showing the video documentary “Ride the Tiger- A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain” at our August 20, 2018 meeting. The video tells the the stories of highly accomplished individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The documentary seeks to find out where the biological breakdowns occur and how we can possibly preempt, fix, or rewire our brains back to recovery.

Patrick Kennedy, Patty Duke and Dr. Phil Insell are a few of the featured speakers and story tellers. Please join us for this informative viewing and discussion.

The meeting will be at 7:30 PM in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson Street, Torrance. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the small room off of Faith Hall.

General Meeting July 16 – Reducing Suicidal Behavior

Our general meeting will be Monday, July 16 in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance at 7:30 PM. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the small room off of Faith Hall.

We will have a Danielle Anderson, a Certified QPR instructor and Family to Family teacher providing a workshop on QPR — a training intended to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative,practical and proven suicide prevention training.

As recently reported in the media following the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the number of suicides has been increasing alarmingly. Through education the QPR training aims to empower all people regardless of their background to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Monthly Meeting — Major Depression

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June General Meeting is at 7:30 PM Monday, June 18, 2018.

The speaker for our General Meeting will be psychiatrist Dr. Lynn Yen MD from Harbor UCLA Dept of Psychiatry. She will be continuing our series on the major mental illnesses and will be speaking about Major Depression as a mental illness, medications, recent developments and will be answering questions. Depression is the leading form of disability in the world and the most frequent type of mental illness. So it will be a great time to ask the doctor about this illness.

Our general meeting will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the small room off of Faith Hall.