Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

NAMI HelpLine

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. PT for free mental health info, referrals and support.

Find a Local NAMI

October 12-13, 2020

A virtual event

Register for the NAMI CA Conference

Each year, the NAMI California hosts a conference to examine important trends, best practices, new treatments, activities in mental health, and ways we can work together to improve care and services for individuals, families and communities.

To nurture our extraordinary community until we can gather in-person again, the 2020 NAMI California Conference will be a virtual event. Join us for a unique opportunity to reflect and connect with peers statewide, engage in meaningful discussions, and exchange ideas and resources. We are looking forward to reaching new members within our community and creating opportunities within the virtual platform.

Conference Information

Conference App and Updates

Stay informed and start connecting

Connections are so vital to our work and we’re excited to share that the Whova platform we’re using for our conference has interactive features and a free app you can download. Once you have registered, you will receive periodic updates from Whova about the conference. (These messages are not spam! In fact, you can check your spam or junk folder to make sure you’re not missing important updates from Whova about the conference).

There are opportunities for you to share your insights and stories, connect with other attendees and go to meet-ups, ask questions, take surveys and polls, and more. Download the Whova app from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play Store (Android) to get started!

Conference Speakers

Mental health leaders and local advocates are lined up for our conference


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Conference Agenda

The conference lineup of speakers, workshops and more (save individual events to your calendar on the Whova app)

All workshops will be recorded and available a few days after the NAMI California 2020 Annual Conference has ended, so you will be able to view any missed concurrent sessions.


Conference Workshops

Advocacy: Workshops will focus on new and innovative ways to advocate progress, current policies and their impact on all levels (local, state and nationwide), and training tools to effectively utilize grassroots advocacy efforts.

Consumer & Families: Workshops will focus on strengthening our voice as a unified organization of lived experiences, increase visibility and impact, and promote mental health wellness and recovery.

Criminal Justice: Workshops will focus on strategies around incorporating and partnering with the law enforcement, the Justice system, and other criminal justice sectors.

Early Intervention/Prevention: Workshops will focus on best practice programs and practices addressing the prevention of, and early intervention in, mental illness.

Engaging Diverse Communities: Workshops will be focused on strength-based approaches and best practices to engage diverse racial and ethnic communities, increase access to programs and services, and reduce the stigma and discrimination among diverse populations.

Conference Exhibitors


Conference Sponsors


Ask the Doctors

We have “Ask the Doctors” segments planned for our annual conference in October. Submit your questions about children’s mental health, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and depression.

Submit your questions for consideration!