NAMI California Response: Santa Clarita School Shooting

November 14, 2019

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 impacted. Our San Fernando Valley more »

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California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM): Behavioral Health Proposals

November 13, 2019

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 the CalAIM initiative to set more »

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Event Summary: Yolo Regional Advocacy Meeting

November 12, 2019

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 in breakout sessions. Speakers included more »

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How to Manage Stress for Better Mental Health

November 6, 2019

There’s no way around it: we all experience stress. It’s not all bad. During times when we need to protect ourselves, the body’s stress response can help keep us safe. But when stress is frequent and intense, it can strain your body and make it impossible to function. Finding effective ways to deal is crucial more »

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Native American Heritage Month

November 1, 2019

November marks National Native American Heritage Month. We celebrate the diverse and rich culture, history, and traditions of our nation’s first people; their pictures, words, names, and stories are integral in American cultural history. During this time, we have the chance to educate ourselves and others about the nations and to raise awareness about the struggles native more »

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Better Sleep to Maintain Mental Health

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, so it’s best to take more »

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2019 NAMI California Legislative Wrap-Up

October 31, 2019

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 our more about our advocacy more »

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2019 NAMI CA MHSA County Programs Report Published

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,” which outlines the various community-based more »

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New Wildfire Information and Resources Page

October 30, 2019

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 the importance of attending to more »

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Action Alert: Ask your Senators to Make 988 a Reality

October 29, 2019

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 suicide prevention. The National Suicide more »

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