General Meeting 4/16/18 — Bipolar Disorder

NAMI South Bay April General Meeting
7:30 PM Monday, April 16, 2018

In our continuing series of presentations about types of mental illness we will have Dr. Todd Zorick from Harbor UCLA speak about bipolar mental illness. Dr.Zorick is a psychiatrist affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including VA in Westwood, Community Hospital Long Beach and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of California San Diego School of Medicine and has been in practice over 11 years. It will be an opportunity to learn about recent thinking about bipolar mental illness, medications, treatment and a chance to “ask the doctor” about bipolar mental illness.

Our general meeting is at 7:30 PM Monday, April 16 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.

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March Meeting — Family and Consumer Affairs

March 19, 2019
7:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
2900 Carson Street
Torrance

We are fortunate to have Helena Ditko, LCSW, the Director of the Office of Family and Consumer Affairs for the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, speaking at our general meeting this month.

The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs was previously identified as two separate offices – Consumer Affairs, as Empowerment & Advocacy and Family Engagement. In 2014, the two combined to provide conversation, information, education and inspiration. Unlike the Patients’ Rights Office, which corrects error and investigates the violation of rights of consumers, the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs gives quality improvement to mental health services.

Helena Ditko and her office have been invaluable to many families and clients trying to navigate the mental health system. On Monday, March 18, Ms. Ditko will discuss her office, how they can assist families and persons with a mental illness, and various forms of treatment. When NAMI South Bay didn’t know where else to get help it has referred families to her office.

Please come. Meet and listen to Ms. Ditko. We believe you will find it invaluable for your family.

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Meeting Tonight: Schizophrenia

7:30 PM Monday, February 26, 2018

Dr. Michael Makhinson, the Co-Director of the Harbor UCLA Inpatient Psychiatry Program, will speak this evening, Monday 2/26, at 7:30 p.m. on the mental illness of Schizophrenia. The meeting will be held at First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson Street, in Torrance.

Dr. Makhinson received his medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and his doctorate in psychology from the UCLA/Neuropsychiatric Institute. He will provide an overview of the illness, and updates on treatments and medications. It will also be an opportunity to ask the Doctor questions about the illness. We plan to have a series on the major mental illness in the coming months which allow us to get the latest information on the illness and be able to ask the doctor questions about that illness and related issues.

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.

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.