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NAMI CA community members share how meditation helps them.






Language we use in our verbal and written communications can be supportive or hurtful to those impacted by mental health conditions. Here are some examples of what to say — and not to say — about mental health.



We’re shining on spotlight on supportive communication and ending stigma for Mental Health Awareness Month.


For Mental Health Day of Action, here are actions you can take to make a difference.


NAMI California’s summary of the May Revise to the 2021 Governor’s State Budget.


For Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve got special events and opportunities to share your voices and help advocate for policies to improve the lives of individuals and families. This week, we’re spotlighting mental health education.


A mental health crisis deserves a mental health response. Individuals and families should be assured they will get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. We are working every day to ensure better outcomes.


If you are a family member and/or caregiver of someone living with a mental health condition/s, please share your experiences and insights with our annual survey and by attending a focus group.





Behavioral Health Action released its Blueprint for Behavioral Health to address the decades-old, systemic barriers that currently inhibit strong behavioral health care.



A mental health crisis deserves a mental health response. Together, we can ensure that more individuals in need of mental health treatment do not end up in the criminal justice system.


May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and we have information on mental health impacts and resources to support our community members.



Several critical bills have been introduced in the California State Assembly and State Senate that can improve the lives of individuals, families and communities impacted by mental illness.  





We asked participants at our Youth Symposium 2021 what gives them hope for the future. Here is what they shared.



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.