Special Bulletin: NAMI South Bay Partnership with Palos Verdes Resale Thrift Shop

NAMI South Bay is very pleased to announce a partnership with the Palos Verdes Resale Thrift Shop at 2321 Pacific Coast Highway in Lomita. The PV Resale Thrift Shop is an organization of approximately a dozen charitable organizations whose members volunteer time to work in the thrift shop. Based on the number of hours each charitable organization members work in the thrift shop the organization receives a proportionate amount of the surplus created.

The partnership will allow NAMI South Bay to generate funds for needed programs in more parts of the South Bay and has the added benefit of networking with other charitable organizations while providing low cost items to the community. There will be a brief training session for any volunteers. Please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com or 310-892-8046 if you are interested in volunteering to work for a few hours a month.

Monthly Speakers Night — NAMI Urban Los Angeles

From NAMI Urban Los Angeles:


Please join us

Earl Parham, President


Speaks on:

Understanding Health Reform in California

The Affordable Care Act and Healthcare reform is the foundation for enhanced services to be provided for those with a brain disorder

Earl Parham is President of Insurportal. In this role, he provides overall leadership for the health, life and retirement brokerage company. Mr. Parham has 10 years of industry experience as a licensed health and life agent. Also, he is founder of Insurportalblog which is a research and news source for financial services. His vision is to empower the consumer to be able to make better insurance decisions. Insurportal follows one simple rule: Always act solely in the best interest of the client.

He is a board member with the GRYD Foundation. The GRYD foundation is an independent, 501C3 nonprofit corporation that collaborates with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development to reduce incidences of violent crime in Los Angeles, build strong communities and help sister cities to develop effective violence reduction strategies.

Mr. Parham graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Urban Planning. He worked for the Los Angeles Urban as a Manager of Business Services before starting his company.

You’re not alone… we’re here to help!

Broadcasters Launch Campaign to Educate Public on Mental Health


“Say anything. It’s time we talked about mental health. Share what’s on your mind.”

Sen. Gordon H. Smith, president and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters, kicks off the launch event

A new survey from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) reveals that two-thirds of young adults have a personal experience with mental health problems. Although the overwhelming majority of parents and young adults are supportive of discussing mental illness openly, more than one fourth of young adults and one in six parents admit they avoid talking about it.

To encourage these critical conservations and let people know that help is available and effective, NAB unveiled a new public service announcement campaign featuring teens and young adults opening up about their experiences with mental illness. The OK2Talk campaign includes TV and radio ads in English and Spanish, and uses social media to invite teens and young adults to create the conservation about mental health. With this unrivaled reach into homes across America, broadcasters have a powerful platform to encourage young people to start talking about mental health and to get the help they need.

Countdown: NAMIWalks on October 5, 2013

In 59 Days
Changing Minds One Step at a Time

Every journey begins with that first step! As NAMIWalks celebrates its 11th Anniversary in 2013, it is proud to be the largest and most successful mental-health awareness and fundraising event in America. Through the NAMIWalks active, public display of support for people affected by mental illness, America is changing how it views persons with mental illness.

For the Los Angeles Area, the event begins with checkin at 8:00 a.m. at the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California, for a 5K walk. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information about the Los Angeles NAMIWalks, please contact the Walk Manager, Shelley Hoffman, (310) 571-5256.

If you are not in the Los Angeles Area, you can find a walk near you by clicking on THIS NATIONAL LINK.

NAMIWalks helps raise awareness, helping assure that help and hope are available for those in need. Please join to help improve our lives and our communities one step at a time.

NAMI South Bay Leaders Representing Families in Sacramento

NAMI South Bay leaders Paul Stansbury and Sandy Villano have been selected to serve on the MHSOAC (Mental Health Services Act Oversight and Accountability Commission). The MHSOAC oversees the Adults and Older Adults Systems of Care Act; Human Resources; Innovative Programs; Prevention & Early Intervention Programs; and the Children’s Mental Health Services Act. The Commission replaced the advisory committee which had been established pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5814.

Paul Stansbury serves on the Financial Oversight Committee, which provides MHSOAC reports, proposed policies and recommendations regarding anticipated Mental Health Services Act revenue cycles, as well as strategies and roadmaps to expand services by timely expenditure and leveraging of funds. (Committee 2013 Charter.)

Sandy Villano serves on the Client and Family Leadership Committee, which ensures “the perspective and participation of diverse community members reflective of California populations and who have lived experience of severe mental health issues, including their parents/caregivers and family members, is a significant factor in all MHSOAC decisions and recommendations.” (Committee 2013 Charter.)

MHSOAC’s Mission:

Provide vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. Hold public mental health systems accountable. Provide oversight for eliminating disparities; promote wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensure positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.

2013 NAMIWalk Los Angeles County

In 2013, tens of thousands of concerned citizens in more than 84 communities across the nation will join NAMI and walk together to raise money and awareness about our country’s need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness. Through NAMIWalks’ public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing our American communities and ensuring that help and hope are available for those in need.

NAMIWalks Los Angeles will take place at the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA.

      • Date: October 5, 2013
      • Distance: 5K
      • Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
      • Start Time: 9:30 a.m.

Need more information? Every walk has a Walk Manager who is the primary contact person for the Walk. For the Los Angeles County NAMIWalk, contact:

Shelley Hoffman
Walk Manager
(310) 571-5256

If you would like to participate in the Walk, donate on behalf of a walker, or check out our sponsors visit the NAMIWalks website. Registered walkers can login there with their username and password.