Upcoming NAMI California Training Opportunities

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Below is the schedule for NAMI California Education and Support Group Programs. Trainings are announced in the Upcoming Trainings page of the NAMI California website.

Applications are now being received for the following Family Program Education Trainings:

  • March 4-6: Family-to-Family – Ventura
  • April 1-3: Basics and Family-to-Family – Ontario
Applications are now being accepted for the following Peer Program Trainings*:
  • March 4-6: Peer-to-Peer – Ventura
No IOOV trainings are scheduled by NAMI California at this time

*Important Note:  There will be additional trainings offered for all the programs above. These workshops will be hosted by affiliates and sponsored by NAMI California in the form of small grants. Interested affiliates should contact lynn@namica.org for details on how to apply for a grant.

NAMI support group trainings are for NAMI members to become facilitators of a support group. The education trainings are for members desiring to become teachers or mentors of an education program. Upon graduation, the affiliate makes arrangements with the graduate to teach the class.
Qualifications for training: Interested parties should be NAMI members in good standing and ideally have graduated from the same education program they intend to teach. A participant also needs to be recommended by their local NAMI chapter. Additional qualifications will apply. Please ask your NAMI affiliate to contact Family and Peer Programs Supervisor Lynn Cathy at lynn@namica.org to receive an application via email. Prospective teachers/facilitators should return their applications in a timely manner as these workshops fill quickly.
Send inquiries to:
NAMI California Office:  (916) 567-0163 

NAMI California Annual Conference Early Bird Specials and More

Early bird discount

Register now for Early Bird rates for the 2016 NAMI California Annual Conference. The conference will take place August 26 & 27 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in beautiful Burlingame. This year’s conference’s theme is “Back to the Future: Building on the Past for a Better Tomorrow” and will feature a fascinating lineup of speakers and workshops. Stay tuned for more details! 

NAMI California’s New Website

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NAMI California has a brand-new website. Check it out! Its new site has a fresh and clean feel with easier navigation to better serve its members, affiliates and visitors. In rolling it out, NAMI California has extended thanks to talented team at Big Tomato Tech and NAMI EasySite for designing and customizing the site. The website content is still being updating and new features are being added, so check back often!

Among its new features:

  • Easier to use “Find Your Local NAMI” tools, including county map and search by ZIP code
  • Better search functionality for NAMI classes and support groups, including Google maps of locations
  • Modern look and feel
  • Built-in Google translate on every page
  • Better social sharing and integration of social networks
  • Smart phone and tablet optimization
  • Ability to resize text from any page (larger or smaller)

The new site also has improved features for affiliates. Well done, NAMI California. The new site looks great!

NAMI Family Programs Training Opportunities

  • Spanish de Familia a Familia:   October 24-26, 2014 in Sacramento,  California
  • Family to Family: November 7-11, 2014 Fresno, California
  • Basics:  January 23-25, 2015 Santa Ana, California
  • Family Support Group:  February 6-8, 2015 Chico, California
  • Family Support Group:  March 20-22, 2015 San Diego, California
  • Family to Family:  March 20-22, 2015 San Diego, California
  • Family to Family:  April 17- April 19, 2015 Bakersfield, California
  • Family to Family:  May 15-17, 2015  Vacaville, California
  • Basics:  May 15-17, 2015 Vacaville, California

There will also be a Family to Family training offered by the LACCC (NAMI Los Angeles County).  It will be held in Malibu, California on December 12-14th, 2014.  For more information, please email Sharon Dunas at  ssdunas@aol.com

Grants will also be available to NAMI California affiliates desiring to put on their own trainings.  Please contact Lynn Cathy at Lynn@namica.org for further details. 

The above trainings are also posted on the NAMI Family Blog:   


NAMI California: Empowering Californians to Attain Mental Wellness

By Jessica Cruz, NAMI California Executive Director

As families and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness, NAMI California has long been dedicated to breaking down the stigma and discrimination that can stand in the way of people with mental health challenges accessing support and living full and rewarding lives.

For three years, we have been proud to partner with the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) to empower people with lived experience of mental health challenges to break down barriers.  Together we are using our voices to shatter misconceptions about mental illness, create supportive environments where people with mental health challenges feel comfortable seeking and receiving help, and create resources to reach California’s diverse communities with stories of recovery and resilience.

Table 1: CalMHSA Presentation and Audience Numbers since 2011

IOOV ETS P&TasA Provider Ed
Presentations 1,004     477     86 15
Audience # 17,700 14,097 2,195 253

Table 2:  NAMI California Trained Presenter Numbers

IOOV ETS P&TasA Provider Ed
Trained Presenters 339 146      205           151

Now, through “Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement” we are standing together with thousands of individuals and organizations in a unified call for inclusion and acceptance for people living with mental health challenges.

Prevention and Early Intervention in Action Across California

Individuals and families living with mental illness know prevention and early intervention strategies are a critical way to embrace people in need of help with support that can prevent the onset of mental illness or lessen the severity of the symptoms.

NAMI members across the state were critical organizers and took action to  get out the vote to support the passage of  the  Mental Health Services Act of 2004 (Prop. 63). The voters agreed, including casting their votes to support for   Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) investments on a statewide basis.

Through CalMHSA, an organization of county governments working together to implement statewide PEI strategies, California has:

  • Reached more than 820,000 Californians with crisis and early intervention services.
  • Trained nearly 125,000 individuals in prevention strategies.
  • Launched innovative social marketing campaigns that improve mental health awareness, inclusion, and equity from childhood through adulthood.
  • Created lasting systems change, including new standards for K-12 educators to have training to improve identification of at-risk students.
  • Enhanced local crisis hotline support by expanding language capacity, outreach and marketing, training and developing new crisis chat and text lines.
  • Pioneered culturally relevant best practices to serve the needs of California’s diverse communities.

New Resources

California’s Mental Health Movement will grow stronger as we build community partnerships and share resources and strategies.  CalMHSA’s partners have developed a host of new tools and resources that can be useful in our work to champion change.

  • Research shows one of the most effective ways to raise awareness and reduce stigma is through the face-to-face sharing of personal stories.  CalMHSA’s partnership has enabled NAMI to greatly expand our network of speakers trained to share our stories of story of mental health challenges, stigma, and recovery for work, school or community organization audiences. Find a speaker through one of the many NAMI California programs including In Our Own VoiceEnding the SilenceParents and Teachers as Allies and Provider Education.
  • Share Each Mind Matters key messages with your partners and colleagues through your coalitions or organizational communications.
  • SuicideisPreventable.org helps us find the words to say and the resources to reach out to for help in crisis.
  • Know a young person struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings? ReachOutHere.com is a way young people can connect with others understand what they’re going through and offer support.
  • Share these tips about rights for individuals and families struggling with mental health challenges from Disability Rights California with your partners and colleagues through your coalitions or organizational communications.
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Statewide Conference Early Bird Discount Still Available

Soon NAMI California’s Annual Conference early bird discounts will run out.  Make sure to reserve your tickets today to get the best value and ensure your spot at our Statewide Conference.  Click here to get yours today:  Early Bird Discounts. The early bird discounts end June 6, 2014.

NAMI California’s 2014 Annual Conference will be held at the Newport Beach Marriot Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, California 92660 on August 1st and August 2nd. In addition to its Keynote Speaker, Mariel Hemingway, NAMI California has many other notable guest speakers:

  • Gina Kaye Calhoun, National Director for Wellness & Recovery Education
  • Judge Perez, Superior Court Judge
  • Mark Refowitz, Director of Orange County Health Care Agency
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, the Founding Director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities

You can visit NAMI California’s site to learn more about the backgrounds of these speakers:  http://www.namicalifornia.org/annual-conference.php?page=speakers&lang=eng

In addition, the conference will feature dynamic, informational workshops designed for everyone’s needs.  There are many to choose from that cover all areas of mental health. Click the following link to see the topics NAMI California has lined up for you and then sign-up before they are filled!  http://www.namicalifornia.org/annual-conference.php?page=workshops&lang=eng

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Special Announcement: Mariel Hemingway to be Keynote Speaker for NAMI California 2014 Annual Conference

NAMI California announced today that Mariel Hemingway will serve as its Keynote Speaker for the NAMI California 2014 Annual Conference.

Ms. Hemingway is an iconic Academy Award nominated actor from a celebrated family. She is a prolific author, adventurist, ecological activist, healthy lifestyle and mental health advocate, yoga video star, a food brand entrepreneur, and a much sought after keynote speaker focused on mind-body-spirit optimization and purposeful living.

In 2003, Ms. Hemingway wrote the powerful best-selling memoir, Finding My Balance–an honest and inspiring story of her life’s journey through the lens of her personal yoga and meditation practices. Her second book, Mariel Hemingway’s Healthy Living from the Inside Out), is a how-to guide to finding a greater sense of balance, joy, and meaning through self-empowering techniques and strategies. Her 2009 healthy lifestyle cookbook entitled, Mariel’s Kitchen, focused on creative and delicious gluten and sugar free offerings.

In 2013, the rich and evocative documentary, Running From Crazy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Oprah Winfrey, the film is an examination of the Hemingway family’s history of mental illness and suicide, and focuses on Mariel Hemingway’s boundless advocacy for mental health awareness.

You can visit Mariel Hemingway’s blog here.

For more information on the conference, click here.
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