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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2022-2023 Report

Read our NAMI 2022-2023 Families Report


The Annual State of the Communities Report with Families is a report that provides insights from our affiliates and the individuals, family members and caregivers they support who are impacted by mental illness. The challenges they face are highlighted in the report, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on accessibility of mental health care and resources across the state of California. The report also discusses the need for cultural and linguistic competency education and training for those in law enforcement and encourages their partnership with behavioral health professionals to better serve individuals they encounter who are in crisis. Overall, the report aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, spotlight the great advocacy work we’ve done in collaboration with of our affiliates and state partners, and provides family-driven solutions and recommendations to better support individuals living with mental illness in California.

2020-2021 Report

Read our 2020-2021 Family Report- NAMI CA 2020-2021 Family Report

2018-2019 Reports

2018-2019 Annual State of the Community Reports (ASOCR) on Diverse Communities & Families.

Diverse Community-Informed Recommendations

To reach underrepresented individuals affected by mental illness, we need more:

  • stigma reduction
  • promotion of education on mental illness
  • efforts to incorporate prevention and early interventions programs and models
  • funding for culturally appropriate outreach and services
  • efforts to engage diverse communities in advocacy efforts for structural change

Read the summary of our report on diverse communities.

Family-Informed Recommendations

To address the needs of family members and loved ones supporting individuals with mental illness, we need to:

  • enhance access to treatment in a timely manner
  • advocate and promote the availability of housing options
  • support the progress of crisis services
  • improve the criminal justice and forensic system during the treatment of all people with mental illnesses
  • advocate for family involvement in treatment
  • promote complete and comprehensive services for all ages are all ways

NAMI California truly appreciates the support, advocacy, and partnerships with NAMI affiliates, advisory committees, partnering organizations, and especially the community and family members whose voices were shared throughout the report. Many thanks also to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) through the Mental Health Serves Act (MHSA).

Read the Families Report or our summary.