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Governor Gavin Newsom has released his most ambitious budget to date, showing that he and his Administration aim to make sweeping improvements to behavioral health across the state. “We are happy to see a solid priority on mental health that focuses on a multi-pronged approach to solving a complex issue,”...

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization and has always relied heavily on supporters in communities throughout the country, including here in California. In addition to becoming a member, you can help raise funds for and awareness of mental health by hosting a fundraising event in your community with your family, friends, and/or coworkers. Here…


Do you have lived experience with a mental health condition? Are you a family member with a loved one with mental illness? Train to become a Family & Peer specialist to receive certification from NAMI California and the California Office of State Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) for work in the...

With funding for mental health and homelessness being evaluated by lawmakers, NAMI California is urging Governor Gavin Newsom to consider the voices of those most impacted by the crisis. Statement from NAMI California CEO Jessica Cruz, in response to the news reports of the Governor’s proposal to allocate state funds...

We are excited to invite you to share your insights for our 2019-2020 stakeholder surveys for Families and Diverse Communities. Your anonymous responses will be incorporated into the Annual State of the Community Report on Families & Diverse Communities, created to reach and improve the experiences of diverse communities and...

NAMI California is proud to be on the host committee for “Unite for Change: California,” on Monday, January 13 in Los Angeles. The event is part of a national campaign to bring communities together in a discussion about solutions to the most pressing issues of mental illness and addiction. This...

You can help us improve mental health care in California by taking our annual survey! We are seeking to understand the experiences of individuals, families, and diverse communities navigating the disparities in the public mental health system. This is your chance to share your experiences on accessing mental health care...

Making new year’s resolutions? Efforts we make to better ourselves are always to be encouraged — any day of the year. But we know from experience that broken resolutions can make us feel discouraged. Here are a few things to consider: Focus on the positive, with realistic resolutions aimed to...

The NAMI California office will be closed December 23 to January 6. Find emergency numbers and more help from our resources page.

We hope you’re enjoying the season of giving with your loved ones. While the end of the holiday season is quickly approaching, there is still time to make a difference — at no cost to you! When you make purchases on Amazon Smile, a portion of sales will be donated to NAMI California....

The comfort and shelter of home is something we do not take for granted. At NAMI California, we strive to provide help and hope for families impacted by mental health conditions across the Golden State. …

We hope you are safe at home while reading this. The comfort and shelter of home is something we do not take for granted. At NAMI California, we strive to provide help and hope for families impacted by mental health conditions across the Golden State. Far too many Californians are...

The FCC unanimously approved the proposal for new 3-digit number as Suicide Prevention Hotline. This is a great first step — and now Congress must act to help make 9-8-8 a reality. Here’s how you can help make a difference: Contact your Senators, urging them to support this. Contact your...

We are excited to share NAMI California’s Year 2 (2018-2019) Annual State of the Community Reports (ASOCR) on Diverse Communities & Families.

We are excited to share NAMI California’s Year 2 (2018-2019) Annual State of the Community Reports (ASOCR) on Diverse Communities & Families. These reports highlight the demographics, and unique barriers, needs, and recommendations while accessing the mental health care system of California’s families and diverse communities (Latinos/Hispanics, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islanders,...

The holidays can be a joy-filled season, but they can be 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 wonderful time of the...

NAMI California is looking for interested individuals to join us in attending an informational hearing on the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) on Monday, December 9 at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Conversations are ongoing around the use of MHSA funds, as we’ve seen with the multitude of...

This Giving Tuesday (Tuesday, December 3), let’s make it personal. As we enter the season of giving and gather with our families and loved ones to give thanks and gifts, we ask that you consider supporting our efforts to improve mental health care and services in California. Give to NAMI California on behalf of someone...

We are deeply saddened to hear about news of a school shooting in Santa Clarita. Whenever we hear about another tragedy involving gun violence, we grieve along with our fellow citizens and community members impacted by it. NAMI California supports all of our communities. There is help and hope for those...

NAMI California is proud to be collaborating with other state health leaders for California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), a multi-year initiative for California’s Medi-Cal program, sponsored by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). With the state’s current Section 1115 and 1915(b) waivers expiring in 2020, DHCS developed...

We held a productive and inspired Regional Advocacy Meeting with NAMI Yolo County, UC Davis, and community members on Friday, November 8 at UC Davis. Mental health advocates from Yolo County, Sacramento County, Solano, County, and Amador County joined us for the event to hear from local speakers and participate...

Commemorates the return after four years of captivity (1864-1868) when 7,000 Navajo were imprisoned; after their release along the river Puerco, the city of Gallup was founded in 1881 in what is now a defined reservation. Wikimedia Commons November marks National Native American Heritage Month. We celebrate the diverse and...

Adults generally need between seven and nine hours of sleep. About 1 in 3 people in the U.S. report difficulty sleeping at least one night per week. Insomnia is caused by difficulty falling or staying asleep, or waking up too early in the morning. Sleep deprivation is known to adversely affect mental health,...

It’s the end of the 2019 legislative season and we have our annual wrap-up. Our NAMI California end-of-season report (PDF) includes updates on the bills we supported, as well as other relevant ones. There were victories and disappointments and all of it has motivated us for the next session. Find...

By Marcel Harris, NAMI California Advocacy Manager I’m excited to share that our 2019 NAMI CA MHSA County Programs Report is published. NAMI California is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with local County Behavioral Health Directors and MHSA staff on this year’s report, “Collaboration Improving Lives & Giving Hope,”...

We hope you are safe from the recent wildfires in California. Our thoughts are with those who are impacted. It is heartbreaking to see so many of our communities suffering. We would like to thank our first responders for always getting so many to safety. We also want to stress...

One call can save a life. But, when a person is in a mental health crisis and has to look-up or remember a 10-digit number, precious minutes can be lost. We need a readily accessible crisis response system as an essential component of our nation’s strategy for mental health intervention and...

We’ve heard great reports from our affiliates about the Ending the Silence presentations we’ve been giving at schools across the Golden State. Students have provided us with feedback that reinforces just how valuable the program is for our youth. Some comments they have shared: “I liked about the presentation telling...

We convened with community members for another in our series of multicultural symposiums in Stockton on October 12. Our “Team NAMI: Raising Voices” day at San Joaquin Delta College included informative and inspiring presentations and discussions with fellow community members working to improve mental health care for all Californians. We...

We hope you will give a few minutes of your time to help us protect our families and communities impacted by mental illness in California. The issue: An investigation of the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act, which provides the guidelines for handling involuntary civil commitment of individuals with a mental illness in...

We asked our members and followers: If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self in middle or high school? Here is a collection of inspiring answers from our community. “I would tell myself the truth. That I need to stop putting myself and my...

1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. Here are 5 things you can do today to make a difference. Check in on someone you know who has struggled with mental health in the past. Reaching out to ask how someone is doing can be a small act...

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by repetitive, unwanted, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and irrational, excessive urges to do certain actions (compulsions). Although people with OCD may know that their thoughts and behavior don’t make sense, they are often unable to stop them. Living with OCD can be challenging for an individual...

Before we begin our support groups for individuals and families impacted by mental health conditions, we read several principles of support. For Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 6-12, 2019), will use some of these principles as a bridge to open up more of a dialogue on the subject of mental...

Kimberly Warmsley, a private practice therapeutic provider whose specialty is “creating new ways of healing individuals suffering from emotional distress,” is a speaker on trauma healing at our 2019 Northern California Multicultural Symposium: “Team NAMI: Raising Voices” on Saturday, October 12. Of our work together, she says, “NAMI has been...

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common conditions in children and we have come a long way in recent years to help end the stigma associated with the mental health condition. Most now understand that ADHD is not a byproduct of parenting style and children affected...

Too many lives are cut short by suicide. The national suicide crisis is affecting our friends, our families, and our communities. And tragically, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 10-34. A new bill introduced in Congress hopes to help change that. The National Suicide Hotline...

For National Comic Book Day (or any day!), here are two good examples of NAMI members opening up about mental health challenges. “Wonder Woman said, ‘We have to fight for those that cannot fight for themselves.’ It reminded me why I am an advocate…” Read the full post on NAMI...

We’re asking our members and followers to answer a question each month to connect and inspire others in our community. For September: It’s back-to-school time for students and we know we must do more to help youth with mental health challenges. At our Ending the Silence presentations, our peer presenters...

Our three-part “Cultural and Linguistic Competence Training Online” webinar series aims to equip NAMI members, affiliates, and community members with tools and resources to engage diverse communities. Webinars may be attended as a three-part series or individually, depending on the participant’s needs or the needs and interest of your organization....

We’re excited to announce the details for our 2019 Northern California Regional Multicultural Symposium, set for Saturday, October 12, 2019, at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. Through this event, NAMI CA seeks to bridge the gaps created by mental health stigma by bringing together Northern California community leaders, providers,...

We received the good news that promises to protect individuals who experience a mental health crisis and our communities. Recently, we sponsored a bill (AB 680 from Assemblymember Kansen Chu) to increase training requirements for emergency dispatchers. The goal: to make sure that those answering and responding to our emergency...

A growing body of research shows that time in nature — or enjoying pockets of green in urban settings — is good for our mental health. Some studies and key findings are below. Get the story, then get outside for some green time! “Stanford Researchers Find Mental Health Prescription: Nature”...

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a proud member of Mental Health For US, a nonpartisan, educational coalition elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations around the country. The coalition released candidate responses to their survey, which included 11 questions on mental health, drug overdose, criminal justice...

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999 (CDC). With effective care, suicidal thoughts are treatable, and suicide is preventable. Below, NAMI information on warning signs and risk factors of suicide, and what you can do to...

The mental health community lost a strong ally and champion, with the passing of Rusty Selix this week. Selix will be remembered for his innovative advocacy efforts to support better mental health services for Californians, as the former head of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA), and...

NAMI California CEO Jessica Cruz joined the California Hospital Association’s Carmela Coyle, another member of our Behavioral Health Action team, for discussion with Dr. Thomas Insel, the newly appointed key advisor to Governor Newsom on mental health. Dr. Insel is helping lead California to address behavioral health challenges and we...

School can be tough for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for those impacted by mental health conditions. Consider these facts: 75% of all mental health conditions begin by age 24 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness First things first: Know...

Good news about the NAMI Homefront program: a new study shows that it produces significant benefits for both in-person and online participants. The study published in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association, found that participants in both formats experienced improvements in empowerment, coping, psychological distress, family functioning,...

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Marking Local Progress Our CEO, Jessica Cruz, joined other local leaders for a meeting to discuss behavioral health issues with Dr. Tom Insel, a newly appointed advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom. https://twitter.com/BehavHealthNow/status/1163945196595245056 Our Behavioral Health Action team sat down with Dr. Jim Wood, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, to...

NAMI Southern Santa Barbara NAMI Peer-to-Peer August 14- October 9, 2019 Wednesday afternoons (2 hours) for 8 weeks PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED Please contact George Kaufmann at G.kaufmann@cox.net or Ramona Winner (805)884-8440 ext 3206

NAMI California commits to seek, receive, and actively consider stakeholder recommendations while continuously improving a consistent feedback mechanism. We are committed to effective stakeholder engagement and rely on our continued work with stakeholders to help us further our mission to effectively advocate for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination...