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January 2014

National Alliance on Mental Illness, California State Organization 

Welcome Members and Affiliates
We welcome your ideas for topics to cover, your feedback on issues that face consumers, families, and providers across the state. Contact us at

NAMI California 2014 Conference Early Bird Registration Open through June 6, 2014


Happy New Year!

The NAMI annual 
conference will be held this year at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, August 1 and 2, 2014. 
Remember: Early Bird registration adds up to savings on conference fees.
The NAMI California Board of Directors has announced the following theme for the conference:
"Growing Minds in Changing Times"

Directing Change Deadline Extended to March 1

The Directing Change video contest is a statewide contest where high school and UC students create 60-second public service announcements to spread awareness about ending the silence on mental illness and suicide prevention. 


The winning team will win $500 and will be recognized for their cinematic achievement at the award ceremony in Sacramento, CA.  The contest is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.


The deadline for the video submissions has been extended to March 1, 2014.


Directing change is currently looking for judges for the contest.  Anybody who specializes in or is interested in directing, writing, editing, acting, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health is encouraged to participate. The process will take less than two hours of their time, all of which can be completed entirely online from home! 


Please contact Lauren Hee for more information at

A 50th Anniversary Present to Our Young People:

A Way Free From Smoking

Column by Roger Greenbaum


A scholar's comments in a January 2014 interview  cast a spotlight on the phenomenon of smoking among persons with mental illness as among the very top current public health challenges.


We should underscore, too, the point made by  authors of a 2009 U.S.-Australia study:  younger smokers had considerably higher rates of mental illness than older smokers.  


This year's 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General's warnings about cigarette smoking is a good time to renew our commitment to try to keep young people from starting in the first place.  


Read the column.


Family to Family


NAMI Family Programs will soon begin its season of winter and spring trainings. Beginning in February there will be a Basics and Support Group training in Modesto.  Basics is a program for parents and caregivers ho have a child exhibiting symptoms of mental illness.  Family Support Group training is a structured style of support group that gives volunteer facilitators the tools they need to conduct a support group successfully.


Keep up with what is going on in NAMI Family Programs by following the newly -reactivated blog at


Master Trainings Calendar


Family Support Group and Basics Trainings

February 7-9th, 2014 - Modesto, CA 


De Familia a Familia Teacher Trainings

March14-16, 2014 - Ontario, CA


Family Support Group and Basics Trainings

April 11-13, 2014 - Encino, CA


Family to Family Training

May 30-June 1, 2014 Elk Grove, CA


Parents and Teachers as Allies Training

March 1, 2014 - Sacramento, CA


Peer and Stigma Reduction Programs Trainings

In Our Own Voice Arts Network Feb. 8-9, 2014 - Ontario

Persona a Persona Feb. 21-23, 2014 - Ontario

In Our Own Voice Arts Network Mar. 8-9, 2014 - San Diego

Connection Mar. 15-16, 2014 - Ontario

In Our Own Voice Training of Trainers - Mar. 28-30, 2014 - Sacramento

Peer-to-Peer  May 9-11, 2014 - Ventura

Peer-to-Peer  May 16-18, 2014 - Sacramento


Provider Education Trainings - To be announced


Send inquiries to:  

Family Programs 

IOOV, Peer to Peer and Connection 


Parents and Teachers as Allies, Ending the Silence, NAMI on Campus, Provider Education 

Programs Director 


NAMI California Office:  916-567-0163



Program Updates


In Our Own Voice Anti-Stigma Arts Network Training 

Presenter trainings: February 8-9, 2014 in Ontario, CA and March 8-9, 2014 in San Diego, CA.  


Have you used creative expression as a tool for maintaining mental health and wellness?  


If so, we invite you to take part in a free training from The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and become part of the Anti-Stigma Arts Network Project.  Join us at one of two NAMI California In Our Own Voice (IOOV) Presenter Trainings and learn how to share your personal story of living with a mental illness and using artistic expression in your journey to achieving wellness and recovery. 


Anti-Stigma Arts Network Project is designed to promote anti-stigma and discrimination messages regarding mental illness through various forms of art (including: visual, performing, decorative, written, spoken, etc.).  The goal of the project is to provide a better understanding of stigma and recovery, while advocating the use of creative expression as a healing tool.  The project is funded by counties through voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63).


You will learn how to present your story and make a difference.  While audiences benefit from the inspirational stories of the speakers, IOOV also helps the Presenters. Increased confidence, the joy of helping to inspire and motivate others and developing leadership skills are common experiences for IOOV Presenters.


We are currently seeking individuals (18 years and older) with lived experience throughout California who have utilized creative expression as a tool for maintaining wellness and recovery to participate. The training is absolutely free of charge, meals will be provided and/or costs will be reimbursed for all attendees, and travel and lodging expenses will be covered for eligible participants. 


These trainings are open to any individuals with lived experience (18 years and older) throughout California. Applications for February 8-9, 2014 in Ontario are due by January 24, 2014. Applications for March 8-9, 2014 in San Diego are due by February 14, 2014.


Please feel free to pass this invitation on.  If you have any questions, please contact Stephenie Gardella at or (916) 567-0163.



NAMI Peer-to-Peer Trainings Set

NAMI California is currently recruiting for qualified, passionate people to be trained as Mentors for thePersona a Persona (Spanish Peer-to-Peer) Program in your community! We are interested in getting your help in finding the best individuals to be trained as Mentors.


To be a Persona a Persona Mentor, a person must meet the following criteria:

  • Be or become a NAMI Member
  • Be an adult with a mental illness who is living in recovery
  • Be comfortable sharing your story
  • Be passionate about teaching others about mental illness and recovery
  • Speak Spanish fluently

 Time Commitment, Expectations & Support for Mentors

  • 3 days of training to be certified as a Persona a Persona Mentor
  • Mentors then teach the Persona a Persona Program; each class is for 10 weeks, 2 hours a week.
  • A Persona a Persona mentor will be teaching with a fellow mentor and an assistant

NAMI California is having a Spanish only Peer-to-Peer (Persona a Persona) Mentor training in Ontario on February 21-23, 2014. We are still accepting applications until February 6, 2014. 


Additional Upcoming trainings are:

  • In Our Own Voice Anti-Stigma Arts Network February 8-9, 2014 Ontario - Applications due by January 24, 2014
  • In Our Own Voice Anti-Stigma Arts Network March 8-9, 2014 San Diego - Applications due by February 14, 2014.
  • Connection March 15-16, 2014 Ontario - Applications due by February 28, 2014
  • Peer-to-Peer May 9-11, 2014 Ventura - Applications due April 10, 2014
  • Peer-to-Peer May 16-18, 2014 Sacramento - Applications due March 27, 2014

For more information or for applications please contact:

Stephenie Gardella  



Upcoming Connection Training in March 2014

NAMI California is currently recruiting for qualified, passionate people to be trained as Facilitators for the Connection Program in your community! We are interested in getting your help in finding the best individuals to be trained as Facilitators.


To be a Connection Facilitator, a person must meet the following criteria:

  • Be or become a NAMI Member
  • Be an adult with a mental illness who is living in recovery
  • Be comfortable sharing your story
  • Be passionate about "giving back" and helping others with a mental illness

Time Commitment, Expectations & Support for Facilitators

  • 2 days of training to be certified as a Connection Facilitator
  • Facilitators then lead the Connection Support Group; each group usually meets once a week for 90 minutes.
  • A Connection Facilitator will be leading the group with a fellow Facilitator
About Connection

NAMI Connection is a free and confidential support group for adults living with mental health challenges.  Support groups meet weekly for 90-minutes.  NAMI Connection offers a safe environment for adults who live with mental health challenges to express themselves without being judged.  Reflecting NAMI's core values, NAMI Connection is inclusive- any adult with a mental health challenge is welcome, regardless of diagnosis


If you are interested in facilitating the Connection group, please complete and submit an application by February 28, 2014.


For questions and applications please contact:

Stephenie Gardella

Program Coordinator

(916) 567-0163 





Parents & Teachers as Allies Training

Parents & Teachers as Allies is a one- or two-hour in-service program that focuses on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents. It presents the lived experience of mental illnesses from a youth's perspective and discusses how schools can best communicate with families about mental health related concerns.

Training Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Sacramento, CA

Applications due Friday, January 31, 2014. If interested, please contact Kelly Boyles, NAMI California Program Coordinator for an application and more details. Kelly can be reached at, 916-567-0163 (phone) or 916-567-1757 (fax).



NAMI Western Riverside County

Passing the Torch in 2014


Former NAMI Board President, Amanda Wilbur and (right) new Board President, Dr. Jo Anne Umezurike, present a Certificate of Appreciation to the outgoing President (center) Patricia Carrillo at NAMI Western Riverside County's first 2014 general meeting. Dr. Umezurike is a graduate of the University of La Verne in field of Education and Organizational Leadership and she is excited about the opportunity to assist the NAMI board with its vision for Western Riverside County. Both former board presidents remain on the NAMI Western Riverside Board to contribute their talents and experience to NAMI's ongoing effort of helping individuals and families affected by mental illness. 


NAMI San Diego

Announcing a New Format-5 weeks, 2 days per week from 1pm-3pm.




Feb 26

  Feb 28

March 5

  March 7

March 12

  March 14

March 19

  March 21

March 26

  March 28



Location: St Vincent de Paul Village 

1501 Imperial Ave

San Diego, CA 92101


Wednesdays, VHM Community Room

Fridays, VHM Classroom


Call NAMI San Diego's Family & Peer Support Helpline at (619) 543-1434 or 1-800-523-5933 to register!

Persona a Persona

Persona a Persona es un curso gratuito para cualquier individuo (18 años y mayor) viviendo con una sería enfermedad mental que está interesado en establecer su bienestar y recuperación. Cada sesión es de dos horas y continúa por diez semanas consecutivas. El curso es dado por dos "mentores" que han sido entrenados y tienen experiencia propia viviendo bien con enfermedad mental.


Qué incluye el curso?

  • Educación sobre una variedad de enfermedades mentales
  • Discusión sobre los criterios encontrados en el Manual de Estadísticas y Diagnóstico IV utilizados para diagnosticar enfermedades mentales
  • Narraciones (de historias personales)
  • Directriz Anticipada en Salud Mental, Abogacía, etc
  • Ejercicios de Concientización
  • Miembro Familiar Invitado
  • Y mucho más!

Nuevo Formato (New Format) 5 semanas, 2 veces por semana de 5:30pm-7:30pm


Martes (Tuesday's)

Jueves (Thursday's)

4 de Marzo (March)

6 de Marzo

11 de Marzo

13 de Marzo

18 de Marzo

20 de Marzo

25 de Marzo

27 de Marzo

1 de Abril

3 de Abril (April)


Locación (Location): Health and Human Services Agency-South Region Center

690 Oxford St.

Chula Vista, CA 91911

(Conference Room 2)


Para más información, por favor de comunicarse con Cinthya al: (619) 688-0507. For more information, please contact Cinthya at: (619)-688-0507.

NAMI California Financial Statements and Supplemental Information


Click below to view the NAMI California 2012-2013 Final Audit.


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In This Issue
NAMI California 2014 Conference...Early Bird Registration
Directing Change Deadline Extended to March 1
A 50th Anniversary Present to Our Young People
Family Programs News
Affiliate News


NAMI California's Tree of Tribute
Fiscal Year 2012-13

tree of tribute

Each year many donors elect to give a gift in celebration of an event, in honor of a special individual or in memory of a loved one. The Tree of Tribute formalizes this tradition by providing a lasting acknowledgement for individuals who are remembered, individuals who are honored or have an enduring record of a significant celebration.
Gifts of $500 or more will be eligible for an engraved leaf on the Tree of Tribute or an engraved stone at the base of the tree.

$500 - Bronze leaf
$1,000 - Silver leaf
$2,000 - Gold leaf
$3,000 -- Small stone
$5,000 - Large stone

Major Donors donors

I California thanks the following for their very generous contributions of $500 or more, 2013-2014.

Humanitarian: $5,000 - $36,000
Lily Grant Office 
Patron:  $2,500 - $4,999
Santos Properties
Samira V. Moran
Janssen Pharma
United HealthCare Services
Benefactor:  $1,000 - $2,499
Attias Family Foundation
Schwab Charitable Fund 
Linda Crosthwaite 
Jane Pomeroy 
Albert Benich
Sheila Lake
John McCoy
Alex Schenker
Frances Tibbits
Lindsay Weston
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Shareholder: $750-$999

Henry Garner

Ronnie Okon 

Sponsor:  $500-$749
Effie Beeman 
Gary Bjorklund
Rita Boppana
Peter Briscoe
Boris Chen
Peter DesForges
Edward Gaston, MD
Jack Glantz
Patricia Goldring
Kim Hettena
Judy Hock
Katherine Kitchens
Arnold Klein
Larry Knorr
Daniel Roberts
Ronald Stone
Bryce Tanner
Teresa Walker
Carl Walsh
Virginia Whitcombe
The Clorox Company Foundation
Perry Communications 



All donations,
large and small,
are greatly appreciated by
NAMI California and help
us achieve
our mission
at the state level.

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