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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.


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Jessica Cruz, CEO of NAMI California today issued the following statement following Governor Gavin Newsom’s presentation of his May Budget Revision:  “Thank you, Governor Newsom for your commitment to behavioral health as part of your #CABlueprint. The important work and funding of CARE Court is essential to provide proper care and support with accountability. This…


Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to let everyone know that mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion, or income. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack…


NAMI California is pleased to announce that the 2022 Annual Conference will be in-person at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Aug 25 & 26. This year’s theme is “Moving Forward with Hope and Resiliency,” and we are excited to collaborate and connect on the future of mental health in person for the…


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.



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.





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.