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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...

Good news: a budget agreement between lawmakers and California Governor Gavin Newsom allows $750 million in state general funds for critical safety net services delivered on behalf of the state, including mental health and substance use disorder services.


To help you through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are keeping this page updated with trusted information from public health officials and others. 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)…


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...

Those we care about in the LGBTQ+ community — friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbors — must confront stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation or gender identity while also dealing with the societal bias against mental health conditions. Families, friends, and allies play a critical role and can...

Today we live in fear that something bad could happen. That it is lurking behind every corner and countertop. Something that could invade us, kill us, or alter our lives forever. Some of us have felt this way for decades. Way before a pandemic made us all afraid.


During tax season, you have the ability to make a positive impact within your community. By simply going to the Contributions page on your California Income Tax Return and checking the box entitled “National Alliance on Mental Illness California Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund,” you can help fund our partnership with local law enforcement to safely interact with individuals…


Research, resources and reading on how the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in challenges to students, educators, and parents.


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.


Missed our Town Hall with the California Department of Health Care Services on how the state is responding to COVID-19? Watch a recording of the webinar.


We need to do more to address issues of racial discrimination and injustice. Too often, African Americans are criminalized for living with mental illnesses, which we know are medical conditions. I’m proud that our Contra Costa NAMI California affiliate is involved in several campaigns. Below, I use one as an example to share how we…


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…


We are pleased to announce a community listening session, hosted by NAMI California and the Department of Health Care Services, focused on the state’s response to COVID-19 and efforts to support our communities. Family members and peers will be invited to discuss and share feedback as part of our continuing work to link local 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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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...

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...

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...