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  Team-Bri is back! The team will compete in the Ironman Vineman triathlon in Sonoma County this July to raise awareness and funds for NAMI California. The Ironman Vineman, which takes place on Saturday, July 30, has been a California classic for decades. Athletes will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and...

  In our last survey, we asked you to tell us how NAMI has affected your life. We received responses from members all over the state relating how NAMI has helped them find the path to recovery, learn how to help a family member or loved one, better understand mental...

The treatment of mental illness in hospitals remains a severe crisis in this country – costing millions of dollars each year as well as countless lives lost or unjustly criminalized. The Feb. 12 New York Times report, “When the Hospital Fires the Bullet,” and corresponding This American Life segment, “My Damn...

  NAMI California’s brand-new website is now live! Our new site has a fresh and clean feel with easier navigation to better serve our members, affiliates and visitors. We’d like to thank the talented team at Big Tomato Tech and NAMI EasySite for designing and customizing the site. We’re still updating content and...

Each year, an estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses are admitted to jails across the nation. Jails are now housing more people with mental illnesses than psychiatric hospitals. The Stepping Up Initiative is a national movement to help keep people with mental illness out of jail and on the...

Dr. Ralph Nelson Dr. Ralph Nelson, former NAMI California President and NAMI national board member, has resigned from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) after serving for five years. NAMI California would like to express our deep gratitude to Dr. Nelson for his service on the Commission as...

Gov. Jerry Brown NAMI California Summary of  Governor’s Proposed 2016-2017 Budget California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a $123 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year. NAMI California has reviewed the Governor’s proposed budget, which includes significant allocations for mental health programs, health care, social services, criminal justice and...

Thank you so much to the 45 affiliates who completed the 2015 NAMI California advocacy survey! The report found: After working in 2015 to establish a statewide minimum standard for law enforcement mental health training (SB 11 and SB 29), most NAMI affiliates are actively involved in law enforcement training programs. NAMI California...

NAMI recently released its third annual survey tracking state mental health budgets and identifying legislative trends across the country. The report, State Mental Health Legislation: Trends, Themes and Effective Practices, shows state investment in mental health services slowing nationwide, but commends several states — including California — for enacting model measures to improve...

NAMI members testified during a December hearing on mental health parity and met with legislators beforehand to discuss issues affecting individuals and families living with mental illness. The Mental Health Parity and Access Oversight hearing was held by the Senate Committee on Health and  the Select Committee on Mental Health on...

In all instances of mental illness or addiction, one common factor cited by those who have achieved success in treatment is finding the one treatment plan that works. Because all people are different, all cases of mental illness and addiction will be different as well, so one method that may...

When researching mental illness and incarceration, one very startling statistic pops up: 1 in 5 people currently incarcerated in jails or prisons across the United States are living with a diagnosed mental illness. When one looks at the juvenile justice system, the numbers grow even more staggering, with a whopping 70% of...

There are over 350 million people who are affected on any given day by depression across the world, making it no wonder why this is a condition that is treated as a very serious medical illness. Unfortunately, depression is also one of the most difficult mental illnesses to treat, and...

Along with weight loss and other related health goals, one of the biggest resolutions that many take on during the new year is quitting smoking, and we at NAMI have found that this is a goal that is made more difficult for those suffering from mental illnesses. Those with anxiety...

For those with mental illnesses, health insurance problems can create a big headache. Will your treatment be covered? Just how much is covered? What will happen if something changes? Luckily the ACA, or the Affordable Care Act, has done a great deal of good for those with mental illnesses, as...

Twitter can be used to track all kinds of trends, from a “who wore it best?” during awards season, to hot button topics all across the political spectrum, but what many don’t realize is the sheer amount of just what this social media platform is able to do in regards...

NAMI California is excited to announce the expansion of the education and training component of The Directing Change Student Film Contest!   Students throughout California are invited to Direct Change by submitting 60-second films to spread awareness about suicide prevention and ending the silence associated with mental illness. The winning teams and their...

Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival Olivia Wilde has never shied away from voicing her opinion on political matters, and this upcoming election is no exception. The actress and new mother is speaking out in support of Proposition 47, a California voter initiative which reduces penalty time for...

By: Kiran Savage-Sangwan, Legislation & Public Policy Analyst NAMI California At NAMI California, we know that there are many components to health and recovery, including access to a safe and stable home. However, approximately 40% of homeless adults are living with a serious mental illness, including too many of our young adults, our...

By: A NAMI CA Member  I am the mother of twin daughters living with mental illness in Modesto. One of my daughters is diagnosed Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; my other daughter is diagnosed with Bipolar, Schizoaffective Disorder. They are 42 years old, and were doing relatively...

By: Caliph Assagai, JD, 6/20/2014 On behalf of NAMI California, we want to thank everyone who responded to our recent efforts in support of the Mental Health Parity Enforcement Budget Act as it worked through the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees. Together we were able to have a significant impact on the...

3/7/2014 The sense of excitement about advocacy opportunities continues to grow here at NAMI California as we move towards a more inclusive approach to our advocacy and digest the many opportunities we have to make a difference this legislative session! We are most excited about the launch of NAMI California’s...

2/5/2014 In 2013, our nation made great strides towards improving the lives of individuals living with mental illness. Through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s final rules on mental health parity, as well as the requirement that mental health and substance use disorder coverage be included in insurance plans...

8/12/2013 For hundreds of years Europeans thought California was an island. If you take a look at early maps of California it was completely separate from the rest of the continent. A large river separated California from the resources and safety of the rest of the continent. The more things...

By: Jessica Cruz, 6/20/2013 What a wonderful and exciting year we’ve had for Mental Health in California! We are so proud of the commitment made by our lawmakers at the state Capitol in the establishment of the Mental Health Caucus and Sub-Committee, resulting in real dialogue with our government officials...

Discipline has always been a major part of raising a child. Giving them zero guidance and ignoring all discipline can lead to a lot of negative things, and there’s no question that it’s important to spend time making sure that your children understand the difference between good behavior and bad....

In the early 1900s throughout much of that century, mental illness was a stigma and a condition that wasn’t understood. In fact, in many instances around the world it was considered a crime. Even in cases where it wasn’t considered to be a crime, it was still punished like one...