June 2017
Dear members and friends of NAMI Glendale, 

Welcome to the June 2017 Glendale newsletter.  Join us this month at the Annual Pathways conference, this year at a new venue, Pickwick Gardens Conference Center in Burbank. 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

Affiliate President Letty Baldaro's Message
Dear Friends:

During May is Mental Health Month we participated in events that celebrated recovery and increased community awareness about Mental Health.
Thank you to our members that participated, volunteered, sent emails, posted on Facebook in recognition of May is Mental Health Month.  Remember July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
We started the month with our Arts and Crafts Social, on May 13th that Eliana Lopez coordinated. There were about 25 that attended and were able to work on crafts, get advice from experts and enjoy a relaxing social time. Enough donated personal hygiene items to fill a laundry basket were collected and donated to the Acencia shelter in Glendale. Thank you all for participating and helping with the success of this event.
On May 18th NAMI Glendale was represented at a luncheon sponsored by the Soroptimist International of Glendale.  Amanda Lipp member of NAMI California Board spoke on "Finding Strength and Opportunity Amidst Adversity".  If you missed hearing Amanda Lipp, you will have another opportunity at the Pathways Conference coming up Sun. June 25th.
On May 20th we were invited to participate in a community event, "Finding Help, Finding Hope, Recovery & Well Being". This event is brought to the community with the great support of LAUSD Nightingale Middle School, El Centro del Pueblo, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Northeast Mental Health Center and Northeast Wellness Center.  Fran Hovorka, Eliana Lopez and Christine Miranda volunteered for our NAMI Glendale table and offered resources and healthy snacks.  This was a successful event attend by many providers, family members, students.
NAMIWalks Los Angeles County, will be Sat. October 7th. This is the only fundraiser that NAMI Glendale participates in. This is a countywide walk that is attended by over 5,000 people at Grand Park, Los Angeles.   There will be NAMIWalks information meeting on Sunday July 30th. More information coming up for a fun afternoon event.  You can register your team or sign up to walk at: www.namiwalks.org/losangelescounty
Just a reminder these events and activities all happen because our members take an active part in volunteering.  We are a "volunteer run affiliate", we have no staff, and it takes the entire team to do outreach,  facilitate support groups, teach classes and so much more! Volunteers are the life blood of the affiliate and we couldn't do all we do without them. We are always looking for more volunteers. There are many ways to help, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator,  Kim Zolna at kznami26@gmail.com and she can help you find where you can do something you love and share your talents with the affiliate.
There is a full summer of upcoming events and hope you can participate in some or all.
Have a wonderful summer!

NAMI in the Lobby Volunteer Training-June 17, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Los Angeles

The NAMI in the Lobby program provides specially trained volunteers to be available during visiting hours in the lobbies of Psychiatric Units of hospitals, emergency rooms and crisis centers throughout Los Angeles County. This way we can make sure that families of loved ones with an acute mental illness receive NAMI support and resources at the time they need it the most.  See attached flyer and complete this application. Return completed application and ask questions to Leola at Leola@namilaccc.org

IOOV (In Our Own Voice) Refresher-  June 24, 8:30 am -12 noon, Los Angeles. 

If you are seasoned presenter come, if you have not presented in last 6 months or longer come. You will receive important tips on giving your best presentation from Minnie Lucas, National IOOV trainer. Have a chance to practice your presentation skills. See attached flyer for more information and contact Letty at Letty@namilaccc.org if you have any questions
SAVE THE DATE-Annual Pathways Conference
June 25, 2017-Burbank
Join us for the Annual Pathways to Wellness presented by NAMI Los Angeles County Council.

See full sized flyer here.

Keynote speakers announced: Kathyrn Barger, Los Angeles 5th District Supervisor and Amanda Lipp, NAMI California Executive Board Member

This community conference will focus on mental health, diversity and recovery. 

When: Sunday June 25, 2017
Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm 
Where: Pickwick Gardens Conference Center, 1001 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank CA 91506

Workshop topics will include:

Ask the Doctor
Money Management
Legal Issues including LPS and AOT
Suicide Prevention
Integrated Care 
Mental Health 101
Choices in Recovery
...and more

Interpretation provided for keynote session
Habra talleres en español

Lunch is provided and there is plenty of parking

For any questions contact Jean Hamilton at

To register and for more information, visit the event website: namipathways2017.eventbrite.com
 DMH Friends of Family

Other interesting events
June 27 - Fair Housing: It's the Law! Free one hour training - Pasadena
 Event Flyer

July 19 - 2017 Latino Mental Health Conference: Trauma in the Latino Community-Los Angeles
Registration link
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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Quick Links
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

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, June 18, 2017


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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