June 2018
NAMI California recognizes the need to elevate the voices of the LGBTQ+ community and its many intersections with mental health, transitional age youth, and people of color.
This Pride month, we want to highlight resources and activities that focus on this community, and we invite you to share stories, events, and resources with us so that we may continue to do so year round!
NAMI Ventura County Pride Event
On June 8, NAMI Ventura County commemorated National Pride Month with Prism of Thought, an artistic conversation about LGBTQ+ mental health. Diversity Collective VC and Ventura PRIDE co- hosted the event, in which Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin spoke about her upcoming LGBTQ rights legislation.

Featured speakers included NAMI California Community Engagement Coordinator Catherine Chivers and local mental health providers and counselors.
NAMI Mt San Jacinto: 1st Annual Hemet Pride Day

  • Yesterday, Riverside University Behavioral Health System and NAMI Mt. San Jacinto held a mental health awareness event on Pride Day, including resources and a series of short films and spoken word at the local historic Hemet Theatre. The event also featured a panel of speakers of peers and family members who shared their journeys.
NAMI Sacramento event: Pathway to Mental Health - Pride and Mental Illness
Wednesday June 20, 2018
5:30 to 8:30 pm
Impact Foundry 
2031 K St, 2d Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811
As a community, LGBTQ individuals who either experience a mental health condition or love someone who does, do not often talk about mental health and may lack awareness about mental health conditions. This sometimes prevents people from seeking the treatment and support that they need to get better. Come join our interactive panel presentation as our guest speakers explore the needs our LGBTQ community who also to feel the impact of mental illness within themselves or a loved one.
  • Advocacy Presentation by NAMI California
  • Brandy Thomas - MFT, Veteran, Adjunct Professor at Sac City College
  • Laura Bemis - In Our Own Voice Coordinator for NAMI Sacramento
  • Doug Smith - Veteran, Peer Program Manager for NAMI Sacramento
  • Sacramento LGBT Community Center

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