New: Ways to support LGBTQ+ loved ones, mental health resources for Black communities, our Multicultural Symposium, and more.
Message from CEO Jessica Cruz
It's Pride Month and we have a guide for how to support LGBTQ+ loved ones and community members. From NAMI COO Steven Kite: “Pride is a great time to reflect on where we’ve been as a community and the path ahead as we continue to fight for equity and justice.”
NAMI California is also standing in solidarity with all the families, friends, and community members who have lost loved ones senselessly due to racism and. We must recognize racism as a public health crisis. Read our full statement.
Our Summer 2020 Multicultural Symposium is virtual this year! Join us online July 8-10for discussions on how to reduce mental health care disparities among diverse populations with local leaders and advocates.
In a post from Gigi Crowder, Executive Director of NAMI Contra Costa, shares and example of a campaign to engage the communityand make progress in the fight against racial injustice. "Too often, African Americans are criminalized for living with mental illnesses, which we know are medical conditions. I’m proud that our Contra Costa NAMI California affiliate is involved in several campaigns..." Read more.
Taking a Cue from Those with Mental Illness During COVID-19
NAMI San Diego member Julie Benn shares her personal experience with mental illness in a post. "The isolation, nagging fear, obsessive worry and fluctuating energy and motivation levels are nothing new to some of us. Before COVID-19, many of us simply called this life as usual....." Read more.
Like everything else, California’s economy has been impacted by COVID-19 pandemic and we have advocated with other state stakeholders and members to ensure that our communities receive support. I'm pleased to report a budget agreement between lawmakers and California Governor Gavin Newsom will allow $750 million in state general funds for critical safety net services, including mental health and substance use disorder services.
Health Impacts and Support for Students During COVID-19
We are keeping our COVID-19 research guides updated with new information and resources: www.namica.org/covid19
Support for NAMI California
There are many ways you can be involved in our efforts to improve mental health care and service for all Californians. Support advocacy efforts, find out about volunteer opportunities, share your insights and stories, apply to be on NAMI California's Board, and more.