NAMI Contra Costa: Helping Families and Individuals Affected by Mental Illness for Over 30 Years

Our mission is to provide support, outreach, education and advocacy to families affected by and individuals living with mental illness.

Education

Our Education Programs provide the tools, awareness and coping skills you need to overcome the challenges people and families affected by mental illness face.

Support

We offer support groups facilitated by trained family members and individuals that have firsthand experience coping with mental illness.

Advocacy

We strive to raise awareness of mental health and improve access to quality care. Get involved today and help us bring mental illness out of the shadows and into the light.

Upcoming Education Meetings

Dr. Kristine Girard , Chief Psychiatrist

Important!  Education Program Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00PM Free and Open to the Public

John Muir Medical Center 2540 East Street, Concord, CA 94520

Concord Campus – Enter at Main Hospital Entrance and follow signs to meeting

Featuring speaker Dr. Kristine Girard, Chief Psychiatrist of Contra Costa Regional Medical Center

She is working in and overseeing the PES (Psychiatric Emergency Services) and Ward 4-C, the acute care ward. Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, CA.  She says she will be spending about 25% of her time working on the PES, which shows her dedication to mental health.

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Presentation by Tom Wootton, Founder of Bipolar Advantage

Education Program Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00PM Free and Open to the Public

John Muir Medical Center 2540 East Street, Concord, CA 94520

Concord Campus – Enter at Main Hospital Entrance and follow signs to meeting

Presentation Title: “Bipolar IN Order” – Difference between IN Order and disorder

1. How to understand the influence your state has on your behavior.

2. How to live up to your core values during all states.

3. How mania and depression can be used to your advantage.

Tom Wootton founded Bipolar Advantage in 2003 with a mission to help people with mental conditions shift their thinking and behavior so that they can lead extraordinary lives. He is the author of The Bipolar Advantage, 2005, The Depression Advantage, 2007, and Bipolar In Order, 2010The work has dramatically changed lives and focuses on understanding and functioning with mental conditions. Bipolar IN Order is a paradigm shift that has influenced the concepts of many mental health organizations in the last decade

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Resource Fair – Become Informed about Mental Health Services in Contra Costa County!

A Very Special Program Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00PM Free and Open to the Public

John Muir Medical Center 2540 East Street, Concord, CA 94520

Concord Campus – Enter at Main Hospital Entrance and follow signs to meeting

Representatives from community-based organizations and Contra Costa County Behavioral Health Services will be available before and after the meeting with brochures about their programs and to answer your questions about their services.

Dessert and Punch will be served starting at 6:45 pm

PRESENTERS INCLUDE: NAMI Contra Costa, Putnam Clubhouse, Recovery Innovations, Crestwood Healing Center, The Office for Consumer Empowerment, First Hope, Rainbow Community Center, Anka, and more!

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Presentation by Kenton Rainey, Chief of Police for BART transit system.

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00PM Free and Open to the Public

John Muir Medical Center 2540 East Street, Concord, CA 94520

Concord Campus – Enter at Main Hospital Entrance and follow signs to meeting

Chief Rainey will present on community policing, policies, and procedures for response to service calls involving mental illness

About Chief Rainey: Rainey’s 35 year law enforcement career has afforded him the opportunity to work in six different law enforcement agencies in three states. He has a deep commitment to Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving (COPPS), and Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). One of his stated goals is to ensure that every member of his agency attends the 40 hour POST Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) course. In January 2015, he was called to testify before President Obama’s “21st Century Policing Task Force” on the “Implementation of Body Worn Cameras.”

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Our Programs

  • Family-to-Family: A free 12-week education course for families and caregivers of those living with mental illness.
  • Peer-to-Peer: A free 10-week education course for individuals living with a mental illness.
  • Individual Support Groups: Support groups for individuals living with mental illness.
  • Family Support Groups: Support groups for family members that have loved ones living with mental illness.
  • NAMI Connection: A weekly recovery support group for people living with a mental illness.
  • In Our Own Voice: An interactive, multimedia presentation by individuals living with a mental illness that offers hope and combats stigma.
  • De Familia a Familia – Curse gratuito de 12 semanas.
  • Provider Education Program: Designed for people who work directly with individuals living with mental illness.

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