Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

NAMI HelpLine

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. PT for free mental health info, referrals and support.

Find a Local NAMI

NAMI California Board Of Directors

Patrick Courneya, MD, President
Affiliate: NAMI East Bay

Chief Joseph Farrow, Vice President
Affiliate: NAMI Yolo

Jei Africa, PhD, MSCP, 2nd Vice President
Affiliate: NAMI San Mateo and NAMI Marin

Christina Roup, Treasurer
Affiliate: NAMI Fresno

Paul Lu, Secretary
Affiliate: NAMI Orange County

Cindy Beck, Board Member
Affiliate: NAMI Sacramento

Andrew Bertagnolli, Board Member
Affiliate: NAMI San Francisco

Dr. Stuart Buttlaire
Affiliate: Alameda County South

Lara Gregorio
Affiliate: NAMI Tri-Valley

Dr. Robert McCarron
Affiliate: NAMI Sacramento

Harold Turner, Board Member
Affiliate: NAMI Urban Los Angeles

Armando Sandoval, Board Member
Affiliate: NAMI San Mateo

Ask The Board

For any assistance with locating your closest NAMI Affiliate, please click here or give us a call at 916- 567-0163.

For legal assistance, please contact Disability Rights California or LawHelpCa. Please note that NAMI California does not currently offer legal assistance, but we will help connect you with your local NAMI Affiliate for referrals. If you have a question about your personal medical situation or those of your family member, please contact the NAMI California office for a referral.

If you have a question about the overall organization and our strategic direction, you can ask the board by sending an email to

Vote for 2021 Board Candidates

This year, four candidates will be elected to serve for a three year-term and NAMI California members are encouraged to vote.

Click here to read about the candidates and to watch their video statements. Please be thoughtful about your decision, as each vote counts. You may vote for all four candidates; if you cannot decide, you may vote by proxy, allowing NAMI California’s Board of Directors to cast a vote on your behalf. NAMI California members may vote online between May 26, 2021, and June 24, 2021, by 5 pm PT.