Mental Illness Awareness Week

Today marks the start of #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek, a national week long spotlight on mental illness and the harmful effects of stigma. The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” See information below and at NAMI.org/MIAW.
This #MIAW, we are asking YOU to help us meet the exponential growth in need for our services. Whether you’ve benefited from our classes, found community in our support groups, attended our free conferences, or rallied for mental health justice with us at NAMI Walks, you know how important our work is. Our team works hard to meet the needs of individuals and families affected by mental illness EVERY DAY. The effects of COVID, systemic racism, and physical isolation have impacted everyone, and more people than ever continue to need our support.
During this year of unprecedented anxiety, depression, and fear, we have continued our work of providing hope and help: transitioned support groups and educational programs for family members and peers to online. Advocated for systemic change at policymaking tables at county, state and national level which you can hear more about at our October 19 meeting. shifted our annual NAMIWalks LA County to May 22, 2021 to focus on the immediate increase in demand for our services.

We need your help to keep it up! Your gift protects our critically needed mental health services and helps us to continue to provide FREE support and programs. Please consider making a gift to NAMI South Bay PO Box 5295 Torrance, CA 90510 or you can go to our donation credit card system by CLICKING HERE.

Spanish Speaking Support Group

NAMI/GLAC Virtual Grupo de Apoyo

Ofrece Un Grupo de Adultos, Gratis, En Español
Comenzando: August 25th, 2020
Reuniones  Mensualmente los Martes

Horarios: 4:30pm-6:00pm por telefono conferencia/SKYPE/ZOOM              

Este es un Grupo para la familia que le ayudara a entender la desesperación y aislamiento, a través de un mejor conocimiento y apoyo familiar para personas que tienen un Joven o adulto miembro de familia que sufre de:

Depresión de Jovenes y Familiares

Trastorno Bipolar (También conocido como Depresión Mániaca)

Trastorno Esquizo-Afectivo

COVED19 virus/Ansiedad y Pánico 

Trastorno de Salud Mental

Esta serie de cada meses, la cual se lleva a cabo dos vez por mes, está diseñada para ayudar a los miembros de familia a educar, comprender y apoyar a nuestros seres queridos mientras se mantiene un ambiente de salud personal y de bienestar en el hogar.

¡  NAMI/Grupo de Apoyo en Espanol es gratis! Sin embargo, es necesario registrarse lo antes posible.  Favor de comunicarse: Ricardo  Pulido 310.567.0748 NAMI/GLAC

Para mas informacion: Email: rick@namilaccc.org  gracias!

Family to Family Program will Start Soon

A Family to Family Program will be starting in the next few weeks on Wednesday evenings using Zoom as soon as there are enough participants. The Family to Family Program is now once a week for 8 weeks. It covers all different aspects of mental illness and has been invaluable to many families. If you wish to participate or know someone that should, please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com.

Meeting Tonight 7/20/20

Because of COVID-19 gathering guidelines, we will be having an online meeting.

In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announced July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
The goals were to improve access to mental health treatment and services and to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.

As July is mental health month and especially with the current concerns about racial justice, we will be viewing videos from NAMI Strength over Silence docuseries from its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Journey and having a conversation about NAMI South Bay’s role to deliver help and hope to all who need it.

NAMI National CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., stated:

“As the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, it is our responsibility to serve all. While as an organization we are still early in our intentional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journey and have much to do, we have renewed our commitment to our values. We continue to strive to deliver help and hope to all who need it. NAMI stands in solidarity with everyone impacted across the country. You are not alone.”

If interested in participating, please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com to receive information on the link and password for the online meeting.

Urgent State Action Needed to Preserve Safety Net Services

Urgent Call to Action – A request for action has been made to all counties to reach out to your State Representatives and Governor Newsom’s Administration ASAP to highlight the need to preserve California’s safety net by stabilizing County Realignment funding. This is the critical time to contact your legislator to affect state budget decisions with key votes occurring.

Counties provide critical human services, public health, behavioral health, and public safety programs on behalf of the state. The revenues to deliver these services through 1991 and 2011 Realignment are projected to decline by $3.3 billion combined in 2019-20 and 2020-21. An economic decline this rapid and severe was never anticipated. State funding is needed to avoid extreme cuts to programs that serve vulnerable populations at the time they are needed the most
There can be no economic recovery without a strong safety net.

Contact your State Legislators

Write, call and email your representatives in the California Senate and Assembly, as well as Governor Newsom, urging that funding be provided to preserve the safety net programs that counties administer in partnership with the state. Counties are on the front lines of the COVID-19 public health and emergency response, and also facing an increased demand for safety net services at the same time the revenues available for those services are sharply declining. Reserves are being depleted to protect our residents, but budget decisions must be made now and will impact the very services most in need.

For More Information on this issue please see a letter from a coalition of mental health and substance abuse organizations in the state.