NAMI Contra Costa’s Signature Programs
Here is a list of all NAMI Contra Costa Signature Programs and local support groups in Contra Costa County. Long time NAMI volunteer and board member Kay Derrico maintains this list. It is on two pages front and back for easy printing.
Guide last updated 10/2017.
The Mental Health Crash Course’s every Wednesday evening 90 minute seminar acts as an orientation to the mental health field. Located in downtown Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza, it is within five minutes walking from BART and two nearby parking garages. Some of the topics covered are:
- Mental Illness
- How to advocate effectively
- Housing and Treatment
- Social Security, SSI and SSDI
- The Legal System
- The 911 process
- The 5150 Process
- LPS law
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Our next class is being offered on February 7, 2017 in Antioch. Simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message with the NAMI Warm Line Answering Service at (925) 942-0767 to register. Flyer available here.
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face. Fall program to be announced soon. For more information, please contact Nancy Seibert at (925) 285-5995 or email@example.com.
NAMI Mandarin is our family program for Mandarin speaking individuals. It provides support and education to Mandarin speaking families that have loved ones living with mental illness. Meeting time and location is as follows below: NAMI Mandarin Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Saturday each month from 10 am to 12 noon at DCBC, 2278 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583. For more information, contact Shelly @ 925-238-6286 or Jane @ 925-406-9526. Download our flyers in Mandarin for more information: NAMI CC Mandarin flyer NAMI CC Mandarin Family to Family courses 国语家庭精神心理健康基礎教育課程
NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 60- or 90-minute presentation. NAMI In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this presentation will provide you:
- A first-hand account of what it's like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it's possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
- A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
- The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.
NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness. It strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component. For more information about local faith trainings, the annual clergy roundtable, and the day of prayer for mental health recovery event, contact Gigi Crowder, FaithNet Coordinator, at (510) 990-2670 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a flyer of current FaithNet events and activities.
The NAMI en español program includes de familia a familia, parents' support groups, a prayer group, and a variety of outreach activities. For more information about support groups, see the always up to date community resource guide. To contact NAMI en Español program coordinator Veronica McManus, call (925) 250-4032 or email email@example.com.