Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255


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

Post-Event Reports

Did you host an event for your school and/or community? Tell us about it! NAMI California wants to know what our NCHS Clubs are doing for events and who they are reaching. After your club completes an event, please complete a post-event report within a week of the end of the event. Did you take pictures? If those photographed consent, upload them at the end of your report for us to share with the NAMI California community!

The post-event report can be completed by any of the club leaders.

Click here to access Post-Event Report

Upcoming Reporting Deadlines

Biannual Report Due May 15, 2022

The Biannual Reports are due twice a year to show NAMI CA and our partners the progress in NCHS clubs and how they are impacting their communities. This is also an opportunity to see where clubs may need more assistance. The report can be completed by either the club leaders or the club advisor, however questions 22 through 28 are best answered with collaboration with all club members and leaders.

*Clubs that were established after March 31st are not required to complete this report as we understand that you may not have had enough to report on too much.

Click here to get started on the report

Youth and General Mental Health Events

1.Youth and Young Adult Convention Fee Waived:

An opportunity for teens and young adults ages 16-29 years old.  The virtual NAMI Convention (NAMICon 2022) will be held on June 15-16, and registration has just been updated to include FREE admission for teens and young adults ages 16-29.

 

With over 30 workshops, special events, and more, they will have access to all parts of the convention along with an exciting lineup of speakers and presenters on topics such as the importance of peer support, mindfulness, mental health tools for young adults, social media’s impact on mental health and so much more.

 

Please share this invitation and information with your network of young people. Teens and young adults ages 16-29 years old can attend NAMI’s national convention with the registration fee waived byREGISTERING HERE.

 

If you are interested in learning more about NAMICON, please CLICK HERE.

 

Please feel free to share this link with friends but please remind people this link is ONLY for teens and young adults. All others can register through the NAMI website for a small fee.

 

2.Nominate a Young Leader for NAMICon Awards – Due May 6th:

Young Leader Award
This award honors a youth or young adult (age 25 and under) who exemplifies exceptional leadership among their peers to foster a culture of recovery and resiliency that helps young people with mental illness live full lives in their communities.

 

The 2022 NAMI National Awards recognize the dedication of individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to NAMI’s mission to advocate, educate and support people and families affected by mental illness so that they can build better lives.

Acknowledge the work and service of an outstanding colleague, staff member, volunteer, individual or organization for their impact in the mental health community.
View the award descriptions and submit your nomination online by Friday, May 6, 2022.

Award recipients will be recognized during Virtual NAMICon 2022, June 14–16. Questions should be directed to Jennifer Rothman at jrothman@nami.org.

 

NCHS Trainings

NAMI California in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE) will be hosting several virtual trainings throughout the school year.

The NCHS Training consists of two parts: Mental Health and Stigma Education and Club Sustainability. This includes a NAMI Ending the Silence presentation with additional information regarding mental health and stigma presented by NAMI CA and CDE hosts. The second half of the training will cover information to help clubs learn how make their club sustain for years to come. NAMI CA invites a club representative* to join the training and give a 15-minute presentation on their club experience. They discuss club recruitment, activities, events, and successful outreach tactics. Throughout the training we incorporate different activities for the participants to engage in. By the end of the training, we hope that the participants gain a better understanding about mental health, stigma, and available resources, as well as learn how to build a long-lasting club on their campus.

This training is available to both those completing the NCHS Club start up requirements as well as established NCHS clubs. The NCHS Virtual Training includes several activities that utilize breakout rooms for students and advisors to meet other NCHS members across the state. All participants must attend from their own separate device.

Two-day sessions will go from 2:30pm to 5:00pm both days (unless stated otherwise), and the one-day sessions will go from 10:00am to 2:30pm. If you will be late or leave early, please contact the NCHS Coordinator prior to the day of the training. If you are attending for your last NCHS Club start up requirement you must attend at least 4.5/5 hours of the training (4/4.5 for the one-day session) to receive credit.

Click the date your club wants to attend (please attend with at least 3 people from your club and your advisor):

Fall Dates: Coming Soon

 

Leadership and Funding Opportunities

NAMI California Youth Advisory Committee (Pilot)

NAMI California Youth Advisory Committee is a group of passionate young adult mental health advocates who provide insight into the needs and wants of their peers. With the guidance from the young minds in the committee, NAMI California can better serve young adults through developing potential new programs, services, or resources for youth and their families.

NAMI California is starting a new project that we hope will help build young leaders and bring the youth voice into our planning. We are starting off with a pilot group of young folk who are passionate about mental health and have the availability to get involved with assisting with event planning and giving input on our youth driven projects. NAMI CA Youth Advisory Committee members will gain skills and experience such as: leadership development, teamwork skills, networking, and project planning. All participants under the age of 18 must get approval of parent/guardian before signing up.

If you are interested in participating, contact Sofia Amezcua, sofia@namica.org.

NCHS Club Activity and Event Ideas

NAMI Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.

What you will get:

  • Free of cost to schools and communities
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff

Schedule an Ending the Silence Presentation

If you would like to host a NAMI Ending the Silence presentation at your school, contact your local NAMI Affiliate. If the presentation isn’t already available, ask to bring it to your community.

LivingWorks Start

LivingWorks Start teaches valuable skills to everyone 13 and older and requires no formal training or prior experience in suicide prevention.

In just 90 minutes online, LivingWorks Start teaches trainees to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support.

When you sign up for LivingWorks Start training, you’ll learn a powerful four-step model to keep someone safe from suicide, and you’ll have a chance to practice it with impactful simulations.

Safety resources and support are available throughout the program.

If you have questions or want to bring this training to your team or organization, we’re here to help—just email start@livingworks.net.

Directing Change Contest

The Directing Change Program and Film Contest engages students and young people throughout California to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health in an innovative way: a film contest.

We learn through actions and when we apply knowledge our minds begin to change. Anyone can read about the signs of suicide or mental illness, but to create a short film about them, be respectful, and think deeply about impacting the opinion of others requires a level of involvement that has lasting impact.

The Directing Change Program starts with exposing youth to knowledge about the topics of mental health and suicide prevention by providing instructional tools to educators, educational resources to youth, and additional resources to further learning about the basic components of suicide prevention. From here, youth must apply suicide prevention knowledge to formulate and create their own unique message about suicide prevention for their peers. The creative process of filmmaking requires youth to synthesize their knowledge resulting in a deeper level of understanding. Directing Change integrates sound pedagogical principles into the filmmaking process so that participants are engaged via all methods of the “learning spectrum”: to see, experience, discuss, and apply. Youth are challenged to critically analyze key components of suicide prevention and how best to communicate these in their films. Once created films are used in schools and communities to raise awareness and start conversations about these topics.

For more information, check out their website by clicking the title.

Free Your Me

Make your voice be heard.

FREE YOUR ME™ is a call to action to talk and share your truth. The fact is, being true to yourself isn’t always easy. But now it’s time for you to define yourself — or as we like to say, to FREE YOUR ME™!

Most of us show the world only what we think they want to see, and hide all the rest. We encourage you to share your deepest feelings and end the shame and stigma that often surround mental health challenges. With the FREE YOUR ME™ campaign, we’re giving you the opportunity to tell the world who you are, rather than the other way around. Because no one can do it better than you.

So what are you waiting for? Record a 30-90 second video and tell us how you Free Your Me! Upload your video and we’ll put it up on NAMI WLA’s YouTube channel to encourage other students to share their ME.

Download their flyer here! FYM_Toolkit

Contact Erin at eryan@namila.org, for more information.

 

Club Members Raising Their Voices on Mental Health

Stanislaus County NAMI On Campus High School Clubs Featured in the Modesto Bee

August 17, 2021

NAMI On Campus High School Club Members from Modesto High School and Turlock High School were interviewed by the Modesto Bee to highlight all the work they do for their fellow classmates on their high school campuses. The article talks about the unique opportunity Stanislaus high schools are given through a grant with the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Check out the article by clicking the link below!

High school mental health clubs let stressed students know they’re not crazy, not alone

Crystal Widado, President of Healthy Minds at Glendora High School, participated as the writing director in Each Mind Magazine’s Issue Two: Clarity

May 7, 2021:

Issue Two: Clarity

Through written works, Each Mind focused on gaining clarity as we go through our teenage years. Poetry and personal essays share experiences with mental health, while articles help gain insight into broader societal issues.

The Central Grizzlies NAMI On-Campus Club at 4th Annual Central Valley Convening on Student Mental Health and Well-Being, for 2021 focused on Understanding Youth Suicide and Effective Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Strategies. 

March 11, 2021:

The Central Grizzlies NAMI On-Campus Club raises awareness on issues related to youth mental health. This club started just a few years ago and has already gained recognition from local teachers, the Central Unified School District, and Fresno County. See how this club continues to raise the bar across the region for youth mental health awareness.

Presenters: Paul Mirmingos, Club Advisor Emily Avila, Student Club Member Shaelynn Yang, Student Club Member

Want to be featured? Email NCHS@namica.org to inform us about any interviews, articles, or events where your club is highlighted.

Active NAMI on Campus High School Clubs

Want to follow other NCHS Clubs across California? Here is a list of all the clubs who are currently on Instagram. If your club has an account and it is not listed, please email NCHS@namica.org and we will update the list.

Alameda County

Butte

  • Chico High School

Fresno County

Imperial County

Kern County

Los Angeles County

Orange County

Riverside County

Sacramento County

  • Florin High School- @florinhighnami
  • Pleasant Grove High School- @pghsnamiclub
  • Monterey Trail High School
  • Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep
  • Sheldon High School
  • George Washington Carver High School

San Bernardino County

San Diego County

  • Del Norte High School- @dnhsnami
  • San Dieguito High School Academy- @nami.eda
  • Helix High School- @helix.nami
  • San Marcos High School
  • El Camino High School
  • Olympian High School
  • Coronado High School

Santa Barbara County

Santa Clara County

Sonoma County

  • Maria Carrillo High School

Stanislaus County

Tehama County

Tulare County

Youth Mental Health Resources

Check out our Youth Mental Health Resource Page!

Want to help parents and caregivers understand how to support their students going back to school? Watch the recording from our Town Hall with the California Department of Education discussing Supporting Youth Mental Health in the Transition Back to the Classroom.

This Town Hall will focus on how to support students as they shift back to in-person learning. Monica Nepomuceno from the California Department of Education will share quick tips and strategies for helping children and youth with transitioning from distance to in-person learning as well as inform participants about state-led projects that support student mental wellbeing.