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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.


State Senator Anthony J. Portantino has introduced SB 224, co-sponsored by NAMI CA, to 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.










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.






Our resource guide has information on advice to support students, parents and families during the pandemic.


Urge Congress to Pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (S.2661) Today


Video interview with CEO Jessica Cruz, her Behavioral Health Action co-chair, Carmela Coyle, and California’s Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.


Summary of the legislative season and NAMI California letters to support mental health bills going the Governor’s desk for his signature.


September marks Suicide Awareness Month and we have a suicide prevention guide and we’re sharing insights from community members who have been impacted.


We’re proud to join Born This Way Foundation for the #BeKind21 Challenge – committing to an act of kindness each day from September 1 to September 21.


Our Winter 2021 Family/Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) Webinar Training Program is scheduled to begin in February 2021.


Assembly Bill 3242 aims to make mental health treatment more accessible. Let’s send a clear message to California lawmakers that we support improved access to life-saving mental health care.


We held statewide peace officers from all ranks join us in meaningful conversations around their specific needs for officer wellness.


Exploring the power of music and how it can make us feel good and calm us.


Join us for our first virtual annual conference! We hope our October 12-13 event reaches new members within our community and creates opportunities for engaging discussions within the virtual platform.



NAMI California board member Dr. Jei Africa shares insights in our Team NAMI California Q&A about mental health care, inspiration, challenges, and hope.


We asked our community members to share challenges about diversity and mental health.


The mother of a son with serious mental illness discusses how systemic racism impacts those in the criminal justice system.


For this year’s Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Month, we want to elevate the voices of our members from diverse communities.


Post by NAMI California COO Steven Kite on celebrating pride and the fight to help individuals living with mental illness and their families.


In our letter to the Governor’s Task Force on Policing, we shared our views making improvements to help individuals, families and communities impacted by mental illness.


Our Summer 2020 Summer 2020 Multicultural Symposium, “Team NAMI: Raising Voices” is set for Wednesday, July 8 to Friday, July 10


If you have a pet in your life, you know how furry friends can provide unconditional love and support. Spending time with domestic animals has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue and pain for people. Below, find more about how spending time with pets can help those...