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The NAMI California 2021 Annual Conference presents another opportunity for meaningful discussion on mental health and the ability to reflect and connect with peers statewide. It will feature workshops, policy discussions and leaders sharing their experiences and recommendations about how we can work together toward mental health parity. This will be our second virtual conference, which allows us to reach new members. Keynote speakers include Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Department Mark Ghaly, David and Marla Thomas, hosts of the Mental Health…

Mental health disparities among diverse populations are issues that deserve our attention and action. To achieve mental health parity, we must move beyond a cookie-cutter approach and work towards solutions that address each community’s unique needs. COVID-19 continues to underscore the need for action and we can work together and help make it happen.   On October 13, NAMI California is hosting our annual Multicultural Symposium. This year’s theme is Boldly Advocating for Equity, with an emphasis on legislative pathways…

Answers from community members about the need for more mental health education for our youth.

Watch the video replay of our Town Hall meeting with the California Department of Education’s Monica Nepomuceno, “Supporting Youth Mental Health in the Transition to the Classroom.”

Watch the video replay of our virtual event with NAMI Urban Los Angeles on July 29, 2021: “Honoring Bebe Moore Campbell: Supporting Mental Health Needs in Diverse Communities.”

Ways we can work together to support the needs of youth as we transition back to the classroom.

NAMI tips on finding a mental health professional.

Together, we can raise more mental health awareness in underrepresented populations so they can get the mental health care they need to overcome obstacles and live healthy, fulfilling lives in a community that cares.

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.

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.