Feb. 21, 2019
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.
Taraji B. Henson Looks To Break The Silence on Black Mental Health
The award-winning actress explains her deep concern about the perception of mental illness in black communities, as well as the lack of culturally competent, high-quality care available to this population.
Hear Her Lived Experience Story
NAMI Contra Costa County Executive Director and FaithNet Coordinator Gigi Crowder discusses the disparities facing communities of color, particularly for black men, and how the faith community has been a source of healing.
  • The first black African American lawyer was John Mercer Langston, who accomplished this in 1854 when he passed the bar exam in Ohio.
  • Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American ever elected to the U.S. Senate. He represented the state of Mississippi from Feb. 1870 to Mar. 1871.
  • Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives in 1968.
  • In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American performer to win an Academy Award.
  • Jack Johnson became the first African-American man to hold the World Heavyweight Champion boxing title in 1908. He held onto the belt until 1915.
  • In 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to go into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor.
  • In 2009, Barack Obama became the first African-American president in U.S. history.
Important Items
Help Spread the Word About NAMI California's 2019 Tax Campaign!
Now that it's tax season, spread the word around your local area to m ake NAMI California part of its new years resolution. The California income tax return form includes the option to voluntarily contribute a designated amount of their tax return to a notable cause throughout the state. Check the box on "National Alliance on Mental Illness California Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund" to better help law enforcement in their area respond to crisis situations! This training is a direct improvement to your community and those around them.

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NAMI California Conference 2019: There's Still Time To Register!
NAMI California Conference 2019--“Celebrating 40 Years of NAMI California Voices”—is taking shape. We are heading back to Newport Beach and planning an incredible conference.

Sign up for the conference today!

Our Early Bird Registration is still in effect until Mar. 29.

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Looking for a group rate?

We'd be happy to give a discount rate for a party of four or more registrants!

Download the group rate form and mail it to Operations Manager Eugenia Cervantes at our NAMI California office

This discount rate expires Mar. 29

NAMI California Updates
NAMI California Press Release Regarding
Assembly Bill 680
This piece of legislation introduced by Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) and sponsored by NAMI California, would allow emergency dispatcher to receive the same mental health crisis training as police officers.
Bay Area Regional Advocacy Meeting A Success!
On Friday, Feb. 8, over 70 members from NAMI affiliates across the Bay Area convened for the Bay Area Regional Advocacy Meeting at the Google Community Space. To build upon our advocacy efforts, a panel discussion local and state decision makers were held. The panelists were State Senator Jim Beall, San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, Fremont City Councilmember Teresa Keng, Marin County Behavioral Health Director Dr. Jei Africa.

Thank you NAMI Marin, NAMI San Francisco, and MHACC for the collaboration of this successful event. Regional Advocacy meetings are designed to bring together members of the public, community-based organizations (NAMI and Partners), and Local County Mental Health staff who will talk about the public planning process and share updates. Meetings bolster collaboration and can help strengthen the relationship between family members and staff. This meeting was the first time we had state, local and county leaders all on one panel to discuss the public mental health system.
Upcoming Events At NAMI California
Spring Capitol Advocacy Day
Spring Capitol Advocacy Day will be held on  Wednesday, April 10. It is an opportunity for individuals and family members to share lived experience and advocate for legislative priorities as a way to influence public policy!

Stay tuned, more information coming soon!
Bebe Moore Campbell
Advocacy Day
Join NAMI California in kicking off National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month at Bebe Moore Campbell Advocacy Day!

When:  Thursday, June 27
Where:  Sacramento State Capitol
Upcoming Events Around California
NAMI Stanislaus holding Family-to-Family Teacher training
Date: Mar. 1-3, 2019

Location: 500 N. 9th St. Modesto, CA 95350

This training is being conducted out of a grant from Kaiser Permanente.

Please email completed application to
Dar Thomas if interested.
" A Time to Heal from Pain to Purpose! " Part II:
A Community Healing Event For African Americans
An event designed to address the current mental health needs of American Americans in California.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Center of Hope Community Church
8411 Macarthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94605

*Free lunch will be provided

Contact Gigi Crowder for more information
Let's Talk About Dementia : A presentation by Dr. Rossano Bangasan, M.D.
Bangasan is a psychiatrist at Kern Medical and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He specializes in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.

Date: Monday, Mar. 18, 2019
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Consumer Family Learning Center
2001 28th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301

Admission is FREE

RSVP at (661) 858-3255 by Mar. 11
Concerns? Comments? Email all information to NAMI California Communication Coordinator Cutter Hicks