Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255


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 CEO Jessica Cruz released this statement on recent racist incidents and what we must do as a community: NAMI California joins NAMI in standing in solidarity with all the families, friends, and community members who have lost loved ones senselessly due to racism.  We understand that we must take steps to right wrongs and…


Like everything else, California’s economy has been impacted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision to the state budget for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2121) projects a shortfall of more than $50 billion. To fill the gap, the Governor proposes multiple strategies that range…


NAMI California’s Chief Operating Officer, Steven Kite, speaks about our efforts to stay connected and help one another during the COVID-19 pandemic.


This week, our CEO, Jessica Cruz, celebrates 10 years with NAMI California. “In ten years, I have met amazing people that I now call friends; I have struggled but have grown out of it; and I have accepted that we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.  I am looking forward to many more…


We are all doing the best we can during this difficult time, and we have been inspired by seeing community members share activities and practices that are helping them cope while they’re staying home to protect the public health. Let’s inspire one another with images of what we’re doing to stay comforted at home! Join…


We have tips on how to be effective while maintaining your mental health when you’re working at home during the pandemic.


Your Voices

May 1, 2020

Here is a sample of comments shared by community members about their mental health experiences and how NAMI has helped them. By opening up about our experiences, we can help to end stigma and inspire others to get the help they need for themselves and their loved ones. “My mental health challenges and recovery taught…


NAMI California joins other organizations every May in observing Mental Health Month with collective efforts to educate the public, help end stigma, and advocate for stronger policies to improve the lives of people living with mental health conditions, their families, and our communities.


#GivingTuesdayNow

May 1, 2020

We are proud to be finding ways to serve our community during this difficult time. We hope you will join us in celebrating #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity taking place on May 5 (in addition to the regularly scheduled #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1, 2020) as an emergency response to the unprecedented need…


In this video message to our members and community, NAMI California’s CEO, Jessica Cruz, discusses stress we are experiencing during the COVID-19 crisis and steps we can take to cope.


We are all impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and we are all in this together. To address the impacts, we have advice for those living with mental health conditions, de-stressing tips, and more trusted information to support us all through this difficult time. Quick Tips Keep up with your treatment plan and maintain healthy habits (diet, exercise, sleep). Stay…


When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting the millions of people in the U.S. who experience mental health conditions each year. Many family members and caregivers experience the same thoughts and…


In this video message to our members and community, NAMI California’s CEO, Jessica Cruz, discusses the support needed for caregivers who have loved ones with serious mental illness during the COVID-19 crisis.


Trusted Sources For COVID-19 News And Updates State of California Updates: also follow the Governor on social media for live updates (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) California Department of Health Updates (also En Español) Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Updates (En Español) World Health Organization (WHO) Updates Information On Prevention Do: Stay home (more on the Stay At Home Order) Avoid people…


Do you have a loved one in a California State Hospital? The Department of State Hospital is sharing a message (PDF) regarding COVID-19 for those who have families or friends of California State Hospital patients. If you have questions, please contact your state hospital directly.


NAMI California’s CEO, Jessica Cruz, addresses our commitment to making sure the frontline medical professionals get the mental health support they need during and after the COVID-19 crisis.


Our CEO, Jessica Cruz, spoke about COVID-19 and what we’re doing to support our members during an interview with Kevin Riggs for the Behavioral Health Action coalition’s new “Rising to Meet the Moment” video series.


In a video message, NAMI California’s CEO, Jessica Cruz, discusses efforts to support our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


After reviewing the state’s order and updated policy around COVID-19 issued by the California Department of Public Health, we are postponing the 2020 Southern California Regional Multicultural Symposium and Youth Symposium to later dates so we can ensure safety for all individuals. We will keep you updated on a new...

It’s a stressful time for us all, and communicating scary news to kids is not easy. We have gathered good sources to help you communicate with children, support them, and manage stress and anxiety during these difficult and uncertain times. Find ways to talk to your kids. These trusted sources...

We are all doing the best we can during this difficult time, and we have been inspired by seeing community members share activities and practices that are helping them cope while they’re staying home to protect the public health. Let’s inspire one another with images of what we’re doing to...

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to expand the health care workforce and staff to fight COVID-19 with the California Health Corps, a new major initiative that is calling for more medical personnel, which also includes behavioral health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs). “As...

It’s a stressful time for us all, and communicating scary news to kids is not easy. We have gathered good sources to help you communicate with children, support them, and manage stress and anxiety during these difficult and uncertain times.

It’s a stressful time for us all, and communicating scary news to kids is not easy. We have gathered good sources to help you communicate with children, support them, and manage stress and anxiety during these difficult and uncertain times. Find ways to talk to your kids. These trusted sources...

Social distancing and being confined to home is challenging for many, especially those with mental health conditions. Many community members are expressing unease or anxiety about spending more time alone at home and away from others. It’s important that we do our best to take care of ourselves and check in on loved ones who…


The COVID-19 public health crisis is unlike anything we have experienced before, and we hope you are taking care of yourselves and families. The news about COVID-19, social distancing, and quarantine is especially hard for those living with mental health conditions. We know first-hand how unsettling this is for so...

After reviewing the state’s order and updated policy around COVID-19 issued by the California Department of Public Health, we are postponing the 2020 Southern California Regional Multicultural Symposium and Youth Symposium to later dates so we can ensure safety for all individuals. We will keep you updated on a new...

We know many of our community members are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We hope you are safe. To help, we have gathered updates, tips, and resources for you from reputable sources. Quick Tips Stay informed, but consider limiting your news exposure; see our links to reputable sources for...

Self-Care Guide

March 8, 2020
Here are some NAMI suggestions for personalizing your self-care strategy. Understand How Stress Affects You Stress affects your entire body, physically as well as mentally. Some common physical signs of stress include: Headaches Low energy Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea Aches, pains, and tense muscles Insomnia Begin by...

At NAMI California, we are proud of our diverse and dedicated staff, which includes leadership roles held by women. For Women’s History Month, we honor the sacrifices and courage of the trailblazers who came before us and took action to ensure that our voices are heard and space was made...

Our CEO, Jessica Cruz, has been selected as a member of the California Health and Human Services Agency Behavioral Health Task Force.

Good news! Our CEO, Jessica Cruz, has been selected as a member of the California Health and Human Services Agency Behavioral Health Task Force. Cruz will help collaborate on crafting bold solutions for our diverse communities as part of the newly formed group made up of a broad group of...

When a person becomes so preoccupied with food and weight issues that they find it harder and harder to focus on other aspects of their life, it may be an early sign of an eating disorder. Eating disorders are mental health conditions that can affect people of any age or...

NAMI California CEO Jessica Cruz released this statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address today: “We applaud California Governor Gavin Newsom’s commitment to the issue of behavioral health and for making the homelessness crisis the focus of his State of the State address. ‘Doing nothing is no...

Giving gifts to our loved ones on Valentine’s Day, whether it’s a significant other, child, or friend, can make a difference. If you’re shopping for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day and make purchases using Amazon Smile, a portion of your sales go to NAMI California. It’s just like shopping on...

While all of our communities face mental health challenges, African American communities often deal with more stigma and discrimination, and can receive compromised care.

While all of our communities face mental health challenges, African American communities often deal with more stigma and discrimination, and can receive compromised care. Stigma In our recent report on diverse communities, we surveyed community members and asked them to weigh in on this statement: “I feel comfortable talking with...

We are excited to share news that we’re working with the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) on a training program to provide police officers with mental health support. NAMI COPE is a resilience-building peer support program designed specifically for law enforcement, modeled on the...

UPDATE: After reviewing the state’s order and updated policy around COVID-19 issued by the California Department of Public Health, we are postponing the 2020 Southern California Regional Multicultural Symposium to a later date so we can ensure safety for all individuals. We will keep you updated on a new date...

UPDATE: After reviewing the state’s order and updated policy around COVID-19 issued by the California Department of Public Health, we are postponing the Youth Symposium. NAMI CA is excited to announce the date and location for our second annual Youth Symposium: April 22, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotel in Sacramento,...

Governor Gavin Newsom has released his most ambitious budget to date, showing that he and his Administration aim to make sweeping improvements to behavioral health across the state. “We are happy to see a solid priority on mental health that focuses on a multi-pronged approach to solving a complex issue,”...

Fundraising Ideas

January 11, 2020

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization and has always relied heavily on supporters in communities throughout the country, including here in California. In addition to becoming a member, you can help raise funds for and awareness of mental health by hosting a fundraising event in your community with your family, friends, and/or coworkers. Here…


Do you have lived experience with a mental health condition? Are you a family member with a loved one with mental illness? Train to become a Family & Peer specialist to receive certification from NAMI California and the California Office of State Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) for work in the...

With funding for mental health and homelessness being evaluated by lawmakers, NAMI California is urging Governor Gavin Newsom to consider the voices of those most impacted by the crisis. Statement from NAMI California CEO Jessica Cruz, in response to the news reports of the Governor’s proposal to allocate state funds...

We are excited to invite you to share your insights for our 2019-2020 stakeholder surveys for Families and Diverse Communities. Your anonymous responses will be incorporated into the Annual State of the Community Report on Families & Diverse Communities, created to reach and improve the experiences of diverse communities and...

NAMI California is proud to be on the host committee for “Unite for Change: California,” on Monday, January 13 in Los Angeles. The event is part of a national campaign to bring communities together in a discussion about solutions to the most pressing issues of mental illness and addiction. This...

You can help us improve mental health care in California by taking our annual survey! We are seeking to understand the experiences of individuals, families, and diverse communities navigating the disparities in the public mental health system. This is your chance to share your experiences on accessing mental health care...

Making new year’s resolutions? Efforts we make to better ourselves are always to be encouraged — any day of the year. But we know from experience that broken resolutions can make us feel discouraged. Here are a few things to consider: Focus on the positive, with realistic resolutions aimed to...

Special Holiday Schedule

December 20, 2019
The NAMI California office will be closed December 23 to January 6. Find emergency numbers and more help from our resources page.

Shop Once, Give Twice

December 19, 2019
We hope you’re enjoying the season of giving with your loved ones. While the end of the holiday season is quickly approaching, there is still time to make a difference — at no cost to you! When you make purchases on Amazon Smile, a portion of sales will be donated to NAMI California....

Help, Hope, Home

December 18, 2019

The comfort and shelter of home is something we do not take for granted. At NAMI California, we strive to provide help and hope for families impacted by mental health conditions across the Golden State. …

We hope you are safe at home while reading this. The comfort and shelter of home is something we do not take for granted. At NAMI California, we strive to provide help and hope for families impacted by mental health conditions across the Golden State. Far too many Californians are...

The FCC unanimously approved the proposal for new 3-digit number as Suicide Prevention Hotline. This is a great first step — and now Congress must act to help make 9-8-8 a reality. Here’s how you can help make a difference: Contact your Senators, urging them to support this. Contact your...

We are excited to share NAMI California’s Year 2 (2018-2019) Annual State of the Community Reports (ASOCR) on Diverse Communities & Families.

We are excited to share NAMI California’s Year 2 (2018-2019) Annual State of the Community Reports (ASOCR) on Diverse Communities & Families. These reports highlight the demographics, and unique barriers, needs, and recommendations while accessing the mental health care system of California’s families and diverse communities (Latinos/Hispanics, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islanders,...