Community Voices: What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

September 18, 2019

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 often share stories of their more »

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2019 Northern California Regional Multicultural Symposium

September 16, 2019

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 and peers from diverse communities. more »

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News: Mental Health Training for Emergency Dispatchers

September 12, 2019

We received good news today 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 calls know more about crisis more »

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Mental Health Benefits of Nature

September 9, 2019

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” Two groups of participants walked more »

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Tribute: Mental Health Champion Rusty Selix

August 28, 2019

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 with his work for other more »

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In the Field: Behavioral Health Action Discussion with Dr. Thomas Insel

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 were thrilled to sit down more »

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School Guide: Maintaining Mental Health

August 27, 2019

Back-to-school time 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 the warning signs of more »

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How Dogs Can Help Us Maintain Mental Health

August 26, 2019

If you have a dog in your life, you know how furry friends can provide unconditional love and support. In fact, studies now show that dogs can help ease anxiety and depression. Below, find more about how spending time with dogs can help those with mental health conditions. How Dogs Can Help with Depression “Studies more »

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Study: NAMI Homefront Program Benefits Military and Veteran Families

August 24, 2019

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, the experience of caregiving, and more »

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