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

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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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Ways we can work together to support the needs of youth as we transition back to the classroom.

NAMI tips on finding a mental health professional.

Language we use in our verbal and written communications can be supportive or hurtful to those impacted by mental health conditions. Here are some examples of what to say — and not to say — about mental health.

Find everyday stress-reducing tips that will also help us cope during this unique time, as we approach re-entry into an opened up world.

The mental health community comes together to put a spotlight on eating disorders every year during Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Every election provides us with opportunities to vote for leaders and laws to improve mental health.

NAMI California’s CEO, Jessica Cruz, has an op-ed in Capitol Weekly, “Exercise Key to Fight COVID-19’s Toll on Mental, Behavioral Health.”

Our resource guide has information on advice to support students, parents and families during the pandemic.

September marks Suicide Awareness Month and we have a suicide prevention guide and we’re sharing insights from community members who have been impacted.

Suggestions for how to support LGBTQI+ community members, including friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbors who must confront stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation or gender identity while also dealing with the societal bias against mental health conditions.

Research, resources and reading on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on students and families.

We are all impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and we are all in this together. To address the impacts, we have advice for those living with mental health conditions, de-stressing tips, and more trusted information to support us all through this difficult time.

We are all doing the best we can during this difficult time, and we have been inspired by seeing community members share activities and practices that are helping them cope while they’re staying home to protect the public health.

Let’s inspire one another with images of what we’re doing to stay comforted at home! Join our #TeamNAMIComfortAtHome challenge by sharing photos that show what you and your family are doing to take care of your well-being, de-stress, or just unplug from the news for a while. It could be creating chalk art on sidewalks with your kid’s art, practicing yoga in your living room, jumping rope in the driveway, playing catch with your dog, weeding your garden, or FaceTiming a friend for a virtual coffee date. You get the idea! Tag us in photos of the activities or practices that are helping you feel better and we will share favorites. Use #TeamNAMIComfortAtHome on your social media posts and tag us (and friends to spread the word!), or send them to us using the form on this page.

Comfort At Home Challenge

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We have tips on how to be effective while maintaining your mental health when you’re working at home during the pandemic.

When you’re caring for a loved one with a mental health condition, here are steps you can take to take care of yourself and the person you’re caring for.

Physical distancing and being confined to home is challenging for many, especially those with mental health conditions. Many community members are expressing unease or anxiety about spending more time alone at home and away from others. It’s important that we do our best to take care of ourselves and check in on loved ones who might face mental health challenges during this time.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization and has always relied heavily on supporters in communities throughout the country, including here in California. In addition to becoming a member, you can help raise funds for and awareness of mental health by hosting a fundraising event in your community with your family, friends, and/or coworkers. Here are some tips from NAMI.

Tips for getting better sleep to maintain good mental health.

Research shows that time in nature — or enjoying pockets of green in urban settings — is good for our mental health.

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans.