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.

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Community Events

NAMI California hosts events throughout the year to bring together community members and other local leaders working to improve mental health care and services in California. We also aim to reduce stigma among underserved communities and to increase reach into multicultural populations. 

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The Family/Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) Webinar Training Program

The Family/Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) Webinar Training program is devoted to providing individuals who have lived experience with a mental health condition (as a peer, family member, or sometimes both) a pathway to employment/volunteer work within the behavioral health field.

Participants learn behavioral health skills during 17 interactive sessions taught by Peer and Family Support Specialists. Topics covered: the recovery model, communication skills, trauma-informed care, cultural competency, and more. Those who complete the training receive a certificate and are paired with a NAMI FPSS Coordinator who provides one-on-one career counseling and support towards placement as a Family/Peer Support Specialist.

If you would like to learn more about the training program and/or have opportunities available for graduates from the program, please contact us by emailing

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Additional Trainings

NAMI California is excited to offer statewide program training. If your local NAMI California affiliate is interested in sending candidates to the training below, please contact us and one of our staff members will provide you with the statewide training application to be turned back into NAMI California for a review of potential candidates.

List of Trainings Offered by NAMI CA

  1. Homefront Teacher Webinar Training
  2. Mental Health 101 Affiliate Program Coordinator Training
  3. Mental Health 101 Presenter Statewide Training
  4. Professionals Webinar Training
  5. Mental Health 101 Coordinator Webinar Training
  6. Persona-a-Persona Mentor Statewide Training
  7. Connection Statewide Training
  8. Family-to-Family Statewide Training
  9. Peer-to-Peer Training
  10. Basics

Important Note: There will be additional trainings offered for all the programs above. These workshops will be hosted by affiliates and sponsored by NAMI California in the form of small grants. Trainings will be announced in your region as they become available.

Send inquiries to: | NAMI California Office: 916-567-0163

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NAMI California works with legislators and other local leaders on policies to provide individuals, families and communities with the care they deserve.


State of the Community Reports

NAMI California’s 2018-2019 Annual State of the Community Reports on Diverse Communities & Families highlight the unique needs of each stakeholder group and includes recommendations for improving the mental health care system.

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Community Voices

When we share our stories and insights about mental health, we help reduce stigma and connect with others in our communities. Share your comments and story.

Community Voices

Multicultural Symposium

The goal of our Multicultural Symposium is to provide the opportunity for an open discussion on the successes and challenges that diverse and underserved communities face, and how we can better serve all individuals and families struggling with mental health challenges.

Since 2014, the Multicultural Symposium has merged diverse communities from all over California in an effort to engage community leaders from public and private sectors in an open and candid discussion around best practices that can help us to better serve all individuals and families living with mental health challenges.

Questions: Email

Reports 2019 Southern CA Symposium Flyer