General Meeting

General Meeting Info

On the third Thursday of each each month we have have our General Meeting at John Muir Hospital in Concord at 7:00PM. We book a guest speaker on different mental health topics for each meeting. These meetings also serve as a social opportunity to meet NAMI staff, board members, and volunteers, and for people interested in NAMI to meet our other members and participants.

FaithNet logo

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 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.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. At the class you will gain:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family

To sign up and for the current class schedule, send an email to fam2fam4u@gmail.com

In Our Own Words

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 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. Verified 1/17/17

NAMI Basics Program

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.

You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.

The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

To sign up, call NAMI at 925-942-0767.

NAMI en español

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 contactNAMI en español program coordinator Veronica McManus, call (925) 250-4032 or email
defamiliaafamilia@namicontracosta.org.

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. This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you:

  • Create a personalized relapse prevention plan
  • Learn how to interact with health care providers
  • Develop confidence for making decisions and reducing stress
  • Stay up-to-date on mental health research
  • Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
  • Access practical resources on how to maintain your journey toward recovery

The date for the next weekly Peer-to-Peer class begins on February 7, 2017. To register, contact our Peer-to-Peer coordinator Kristin Visbal at kristin@namicontracosta.org. A flyer with additional information on the upcoming class can be downloaded here.