NAMI Contra Costa

Mission Statement – To provide support, outreach, education and advocacy to individuals living with and families affected by mental illness.

NAMI Contra Costa is a charitable mental health non-profit organization providing outreach, education, support and advocacy to families and individuals in need of help. We have been assisting people and families affected by mental illness in Contra Costa for over 30 years. All our programs are free, so get involved today and help make a difference in your life, others’ lives, and in the local community.

Community

NAMI In Motion 2017

Join us for a day of family, friends and fun as we raise funds for our programs!

  • Go here and click the green Join Now button.
  • Fill out the information page. Click Next.
  • Choose one of the three options.  NOTE - if you select “I do not want to join a team”, you will still be prompted to create your own personal fundraising page.  Click Next.
  • Customize your fundraising page.  Create a page that is personal and inviting.  Explain why NAMI CC is important to you, how you have helped others, etc. Click Next.
  • Finish with the confirmation page.
  • Go here and click the Green Donate button on the right side of the screen.
  • In the pop up window, choose how you want to donate – Directly to the Walk, a Team or Individual.
  • Follow the prompts after you made your choice.  You may have to scroll to find the team or individual you are looking for.  After landing on the individual’s or team’s page, click the green Donate button.
  • Fill out the form and the prompts that follow.

NAMI Membership Increase Starting July, 2017

The NAMI Board of Directors has decided to add a Household membership category to our membership structure as well as increase the dues for Regular and Open Door memberships. All of these changes will become effective as of July 1, 2017.

  • Household Membership $60
  • Regular Membership $40
  • Open Door Membership $5

A Household membership will apply to everyone living in a single household whose names are provided to NAMI. Regular and Open Door memberships will continue to apply only to one individual. For voting purposes, each membership (including Household) will be counted as one (1) membership.

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.

Download list here.

NAMI Contra Costa's Mental Health Crash Course
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
Visit MHCrashCourse.org to learn more. The latest curriculum as of September, 2017 is available to download. Download Mental Health Crash Course Presentation. Download Mental Health Crash Course Flyer.
NAMI Family 2 Family F2F CLASSES STARTING SOON!!! NAMI Family to Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. For more information on registering for one of these free courses, please contact coordinator Nancy Seibert at (925) 285-5995 or fam2fam4u@gmail.com. Family to Family Schedule of Classes:
August 31 to November 16, 2017 7:00PM to 9:00PM Grace Lutheran Church 2369 Barrett Avenue at 24th St. Richmond, Ca. 94804 For more information: Baby Raff: 510.374.9651 Dr. Sumchai: 510.237.9277 Dolores Ruff: 510.593.7971 family2familyrichmond.nami @gmail.com Download the flyer here.
September, 2017. More information to come.
January, 2018. More information to come.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer
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 kristin@namicontracosta.org, or leave a message with the NAMI Warm Line Answering Service at (925) 942-0767 to register. Flyer available here.
NAMI Basics
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 fam2fam4u@gmail.com.
NAMI Contra Coata Mandarin
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
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.
If you would like to host a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation, Please contact Gigi Crowder at (510) 990-2670 or info@namicontracosta.org..
NAMI FaithNet
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 gigicrowder0283@comcast.net. Click here for a flyer of current FaithNet events and activities.
NAMI in Spanish (en Espanol)
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 defamiliaafamilia@namicontracosta.org.