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We asked presenters for our Youth Symposium 2021, “What would you say is the biggest challenge we face working to improve youth and student mental health?”



Find everyday stress-reducing tips that will also help us cope during this unique time, as we approach re-entry into an opened up world.




NAMI’s statement on acts of violence and discrimination directed toward members of the Asian American community, plus resources.


Good news. The California Department of Health has updated its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility guidance for March 15 to specifically include those with serious mental illness in the “People with High-Risk Medical Conditions or Disabilities.”


For a 30-Second Survey, we asked: What would you say to encourage someone to attend a NAMI support group for the first time? Here’s a selection of responses.


NAMI CA is working with the CARE (Crisis and Recovery Enhancement) Technical Assistance Center to help people in crisis, by presenting a series of webinars for peers and those employing peers in the public mental health system.


Statement from our CEO, Jessica Cruz, on one year of the pandemic.


Good news for the country, with the passage of the latest COVID-19 Relief package, the American Rescue Plan Act, with a commitment to spending billions on mental health.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks to change the HIPAA Privacy Rule to allow for more flexibility in how “protected health information” can be shared, and they’re reviewing comments before they finalize these changes. Sign our petition!


For a 30-Second Survey, we asked: What have you learned during the pandemic? Have you discovered something that has changed your life for the better? Here is a selection of answers from community members.


We signed a letter urging California to include individuals with mental and substance use disorders in the March 15 vaccine allocation guidelines.


For a 30-Second Survey, we asked: If you or someone you love has lived with an eating disorder, what has helped in your recovery? Here is a selection of answers from community members.


For a 30-Second Survey, we asked: What does Black History Month mean to you? Here is a sampling of answers from community members.  


Tips to help manage screen time to maintain good mental health.


The mental health community comes together to put a spotlight on eating disorders every year during Eating Disorders Awareness Week



NAMI California’s Youth Symposium aims to empower youth to change conversations around mental health.


CEO Jessica Cruz joined NAMI San Fernando Valley’s Mental Health Mondays podcast with Marla and Dave.


Our behavioral healthcare system feels very much like the Grand Canyon to the individuals and families it purports to serve


Each February, we mark Black History Month by reflecting on history, elevating voices from our communities, and sharing mental health information and resources.


We were pleased to see a commitment to prioritize behavioral health in Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2021-2022 state budget.


Statement from NAMI on looking forward to working with the new administration to build better lives for the millions of people in our country who are affected by mental illness.


SB 224 (State Senator Anthony J. Portantino), co-sponsored by NAMI CA, would require all students in California receive age appropriate mental health education.





Providing help, hope and health for those affected by serious mental illness continues to drive us. We have met these uncertain times with resolve to maintain connections with our community — physically distant but socially connected and supported. Together, we can continue to keep our communities safe.


If you are already a NAMI member, we thank you! Won’t you consider gifting a membership or making a donation in the name of a family member, friend or colleague? Giving forward helps us help individuals, families and communities impacted by mental illness.





For a 30-Second Survey, we asked: Since the pandemic started, what have been pros and cons in terms of accessing behavioral health care? Here is a sample of answers from our community members.  






The holidays can be a joy-filled season, but they can also be stressful and especially challenging for those impacted by mental illness. A NAMI study showed that 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse. “For many people the holiday season is not always the most...


For National Native American Heritage Month in November, we celebrate the diverse and rich culture, history, and traditions and provide information on mental health impacts and support for California’s Native American communities.



October marks Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month. Learn about the condition and share your experiences.


The National Suicide Designation Act of 2020 was signed into law, which will establish 9-8-8 as a universal number for mental health crises and suicide prevention.


We are co-facilitating a Latinx bilingual listening session with the MHSOAC.


While mental illness awareness is something we work on every day, we join others in efforts to educate and inspire the public for Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 4 to 10, 2020).While mental illness awareness is something we work on every day, we join others in efforts to educate and inspire the public for Mental…


Mental health impacts on the LGBTQ+ community, support for loved ones, a personal story by NAMI CA COO Steven Kite, and more.


Every election provides us with opportunities to vote for leaders and laws to improve mental health.