July 2017
Dear members and friends of NAMI Glendale, 

Welcome to the July 2017 Glendale newsletter.  Join us this month at the joint Glendale and San Gabriel affiliate Walk Information Meeting at the beautiful Maxwell House in Pasadena on Sunday July 30. See flyer with more information below. Hope to see you there. 

Send your comments and suggestions for articles to namiglendalenewsletter@gmail.com

Thank you,

Newsletter editor

Report from NAMI National Convention
On the road at the NAMI National 2017 Convention in Washington DC
     Over 1700 NAMI affiliate members from every state  convened in Washington DC June 28th through July 1st  to educate, empower and engage.  1000  NAMI Members "hit the Hill" on Thursday June 29th to speak to their Senators and House Representatives to advocate for Mental Health issues. 120 California delegates met with Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris' aides to advocate on behalf of supporting Medicaid, brain research, better conditions for caregivers, veterans and first psychosis intervention as well as development of CIT programs for law enforcement.
     Members of our Glendale Affiliate met with Representatives Adam Schiff and Judy Chu. Representative Schiff and Chu are supporters of maintaining funding for mental health treatment.  It was evident that our presence and voices mattered to the people we met with. Advocacy does and did not end when we boarded the bus to return to the conference location.  We were asked to carry the message back home to our affiliate members that we need to make our voices heard on an ongoing basis.  Every time there is a vote for a bill that affects mental health service each affiliate member can call or email their representatives to make them aware we are paying attention and care how they vote on bills we want passed.
     One of our Los Angeles members, Mark Gale, was the recipient of the Sam Cochran Criminal Justice Award for his leadership in developing a CIT Training program for Law Enforcement.  Mark has worked with Brittney Weissman and Sylvia Gil to develop a program and speakers panel who are trained in providing law enforcement officers with strategies  to know how to respond more effectively to crisis calls.
     New Executive Board members were also elected.  Amanda Lipp, who previously served on the California state board and lives in Los Angeles, was elected to the national board.
     As current members of the executive board, Letty Baldaro, Eliana Lopez and I value the   opportunity we had represent NAMI Glendale at the National conference.  Over the four days of the conference we attended panels where all the candidates running for the National Board spoke and stated their qualifications. We heard presentations from staff at the national office who are refining the current education programs so they are more efficient and delivered in a timely manner. There will be a shorter version of Family to Family available and changes are
being made to NAMI Basics and NAMI Homefront to make them more accessible. Kay Jamison, Andrea Peterson, Naomi Judd, Ron Powers and David Leite spoke on their own lived experience with mental illness and discussed the books they have written. Authors who have written new books on the topics of mental illness presented. Dr Joshua Gordon from the National Institute of Mental Health spoke on current research.  Senator Elizabeth Dole spoke on behalf of caregivers of wounded veterans and the need to provide more support for family members our our wounded soldiers. We will endeavor to apply the knowledge and education we received to the programs and activities in our local community.
     The California State Conference is August 25-26th in Newport Beach. Each conference offers an opportunity to learn about programs and treatments that are currently showing positive outcomes.    

Suzanne DeWalt, Affiliate Vice President
Your chance to change the world
I have always considered myself to be a beneficiary of the NAMI programs.  Letty and I started attending the Family Support Group in 1999, we graduated from Family to Family in 2002.  We learned so much about our son's illness, how we could support him, converse with him and help him in his adult life.

"NAMI saved our lives" is a common affirmation I hear from family members.  It is true that when people find NAMI, they find the tools and the support that leads to a more hopeful life.
When we are given the opportunity to speak up about our experience with mental illness and we bring up NAMI we open the door to others who can benefit too.  NAMI is the largest grass roots mental health organization in the mental health arena today.  It provides programs to anyone at no cost, it informs and advocates for improvements to every area of our society in how we view and treat people with an illness. 

Soon we will be asked to participate in the annual NAMIWalks event to fundraise and elevate awareness by telling our story.  I hope you will consider that you have benefitted from NAMI programs as I have, that NAMI has helped you, tell that story so more can learn about NAMI.
Please keep NAMI in the conversation, it is how we change the world.

Wayne Baldaro

Walk Information Meeting-July 30
Join us for the Walks Information meeting on July 30 from 2 pm - 4 pm in Pasadena.

See full sized flyer here.
 DMH Friends of Family

Other interesting events
August 27 - Fair Housing Training for Tenants with Disabilities- Co sponsored by Pasadena Tenants Union and Mental Health Advocacy Services 
 Event Flyer 
NAMI Glendale Mission Statement
NAMI-Glendale is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness serving Greater Glendale including the adjacent communities of Burbank, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Garvanza, Glendale, Highland Park, Hollywood, Montrose, North Hollywood, Shadow Hills, Silver Lake, Sunland, and Tujunga.

Our mission is to provide FREE education, support, and advocacy to people with mental illness and their families. We also work to raise awareness about mental illness issues and put an end to stigma.

We recognize that mental illnesses are brain disorders, medical conditions from which recovery is possible.  The trauma of mental illness directly impacts the family, friends and loved ones of the person who has an illness, and these people, too, need help  and can play a pivotal supporting role in an individual's recovery.

Our Goal is to ensure that every person who has a mental illness has adequate access to medical care, medications, therapy, reliable-accurate information, and a supportive community of assistance.

We understand that coping with mental illness can be overwhelming.

We know. We've been there. We can help!
For many of us, finding NAMI-Glendale was the beginning of hope and recovery. NAMI-Glendale provides hope and help through education, support and advocacy.
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New!! Coming in August-Peer Column!!
Watch here for updates!
NAMI Glendale new phone number!
Effective immediately NAMI Glendale has a new phone number. Call 213-797-0494 for affiliate information. 
Mental illness in the news

California Journal A new twist on mental health: Running with the therapist while discussing life's problems
NAMI Glendale 2017 Board of Directors 
President-Letty Baldaro
Vice President-Suzanne Dewalt
Treasurer-Barbara Knighton
Recording Secretary-Margaret Siegel
Person with Lived Experience-Eliana Lopez
Corresponding Secretary- Open position

Contact any of the board members at namiglendale@gmail.com

Board meeting calendar
NAMI Glendale Board and Committee Chair Meeting

Please join us and help be a part of committees our affiliate would like to work on this year.

Sunday, July 30,2017


August meeting is the Annual Summer Potluck. Details to be announced


Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm


Location: Glendale Adventist Hospital 

1509 Wilson Terrace

Glendale CA 91206

(street map)


Cafeteria (Ground Floor)


Parking: There is a charge for parking during the week in the main garage.  Or you can park on Vallejo Dr. (street parking - do not park in rehab parking lot)  and come through the entrance of the Rehabilitation Center, make right to the elevators. Take elevator to ground floor, Cafeteria entrance just around the corner from elevator.

Volunteer opportunities
NAMI Glendale is grateful to our volunteers. 

If you are interested in volunteering there are many opportunities throughout the year. Want to volunteer for the NAMI Walks or train to be a Family to Family teacher or Family Support Group facilitator? 
Contact Kim at 

Join or renew your membership

If you'd like to support NAMI Glendale's efforts join or renew your membership.  Print out the  Membership form and mail it with your payment to 
NAMI Glendale 
c/o Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
1540 E. Colorado St. 
Glendale, CA 91205

Not sure when your membership expires? Contact  Suzanne

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