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

Next Reporting Deadline- Biannual Report Due December 15, 2021

Youth and General Mental Health Events

NAMI California NCHS Town Hall (Public Event)

NAMI California is hosting NCHS Town Halls to give NCHS Club members the opportunity to share their experiences and impacts that their club has made in their high school community. If you are a club in the process of establishing your NCHS Club at any stage, this is a great opportunity to hear from students like you!

If you are interested in learning more about this program from the students’ perspective, join us for one of our upcoming sessions!

Thursday, November 4th starting at 4:00pm

Thursday, December 2nd starting at 4:00pm

NAMI CA State-Wide Ending the Silence: Staff Presentation (NCHS Club Exclusive Event)

October 20, 2021, 3:30pm to 5pm PST

We invite the teachers and faculty from NCHS Club high schools to attend our Ending the Silence: Staff Presentation! 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. The Ending the Silence for Staff is for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families.

Contact NCHS Coordinator to register- nchs@namica.org

NCHS Workshop Series: Cultural Competency and Responsiveness with Ragini Lal (NCHS Club Exclusive Event)

October 21, 2021, 3:30pm to 5pm PST

The NCHS program was created to be an inclusive club to all who wish to join. To continue that message, we are hosting a cultural competency workshop to help NCHS club members and advisors learn about personal biases and how to create a diverse and inclusive space. We welcome you to be open to acknowledging where you are at in your personal biases and engage in the important and ongoing lesson of cultural responsiveness. This will also be recorded if you are unable to attend and wish to share this with your students who would like to watch on their own time.

Contact NCHS Coordinator to register- nchs@namica.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, 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):

* If you have been a NCHS club member for at least one year and would like to present at one of our upcoming trainings, please email NCHS@namica.org for more information.

Leadership and Funding Opportunities

NCHS Townhalls

NAMI CA wants to highlight how our NCHS clubs run their clubs. How have you continued to recruit new members since you’ve gotten started? How do you manage outreach through social media? How do you put on a successful event? We want to know!

If you and your club want more opportunities to talk about your work, please apply to speak at one of our townhalls. These townhalls are to inform potential new clubs and those who have just started or need a little help with running their club since COVID-19 has effected their schools. You have the opportunity to open eyes and inspire people to continue teach and promote mental health information to their fellow students and faculty.

We are also permitting collaboration between different NCHS clubs.

Please complete this form within three weeks of the proposed date.

Click here to apply

NAMI California Youth Advisory Council (Pilot)

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. All participants under the age of 18 must get approval of parent/guardian before signing up.

If you are interested in attending a meeting to discuss expectations and next steps, please complete the form below:

NAMI CA Youth Advisory Council Interest Form

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is thrilled to announce a new Mini Grant Opportunity for Youth Clubs!

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest engages youth to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health by creating short films that are used to support awareness, education, and advocacy efforts across the state, in their communities, and on their campuses. Participants have a chance to win cash prizes, meet with filmmaking professionals, and attend an award ceremony in May.

Eligible Organizations: Bring Change to Mind clubs, NAMI Clubs on Campus, and GSAs in California. Participating youth should be in grades 6-12. Clubs at public, private, and charter schools and districts are all eligible to apply.

Mini Grant Funding: $1,000

Requirements:

  1. Facilitate participation of their club in the Directing Change program during the 2021-22 school year, resulting in a minimum of two film submissions by the submission deadline: March 1, 2022.
  2. Participate in a Suicide Prevention 101 for Youth virtual training- offered for free by the Directing Change Program.
  3. Develop a marketing plan to promote the Directing Change program on their campus and encourage other youth to create art and films around suicide prevention or mental health. This is due November 20, 2021.
  4. Plan and implement a student-led mental health or suicide prevention awareness event on campus or virtually which includes screening of the youth-produced films to peers and/or parents in May 2022.

In addition to the mini grant funding, the Directing Change Team will provide ongoing support, including meetings with club advisors and youth, reviewing storyboards, helping facilitate virtual lessons for classes, and providing feedback for the mental health or suicide prevention awareness event on campus. The Directing Change Team will also host one virtual Storytelling Workshop Series that is open to all mini grant recipients, building skills in storytelling about mental health and suicide prevention as well as filmmaking.

Youth who participate through this mini grant program will be eligible for prizes and recognitions, both through the statewide program as well as a special mini grant only round of judging and awards.

Interested? Complete these steps by Monday, October 11, 2021:

Step 1: Complete this application form with your contact information: https://directingchangeca.org/2022-mini-grants-application-for-youth-clubs/

Step 2: Submit W-9 form as part of your application.

Questions? Email devin@directingchange.org.

NCHS Campus-Wide Event Grant

Thanks to our partner the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, NAMI California is awarding up to 10 schools funding for a campus-wide mental health event that highlights the experiences of LGBTQ+ and racially and ethnically diverse communities.

You are eligible to apply for this grant if the following statements are true:

  1. You have an established NCHS Club and are in good standing.
  2. Your school is located in one of these counties: Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, or Santa Clara.

Click here to fill out an application.

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.

NCHS Club Instagram Pages

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

Fresno County

Imperial County

Kern County

Los Angeles County

Orange County

Riverside County

Sacramento County

San Bernardino County

San Diego County

Santa Barbara County

Santa Clara County

Stanislaus County

Tehama 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.