NAMI Pomona Valley Newsletter
August News 2021
Click on this link, go to Virtual Support Groups: Monthly General Meeting for the Zoom Link

NAMIPV is growing, changing, and adapting to meet the needs of our community. Over the last year our amazing staff and volunteers continued to provide all of our quality services virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we missed the experience of in-person gatherings we found that there were benefits such as more people from greater distances being able to attend classes and support groups. Being here for you and being accessible is our #1 priority.
As we move forward we are recommitting to all our classic services while continuing to improve on our reach and delivery. We want to ensure that whatever comes our way, our whole community is represented and supported as best as possible.

NAMI PV is Going VIRTUAL!!!!

There is currently no longer a physical address but our mailing address is:

NAMI Pomona Valley
PO Box 53
Claremont, CA 91711

The Helpline below is still available to service ALL of your Questions & Needs.
We are still here to support and serve the Pomona Valley area.

NAMI PV will be looking for more volunteers soon.
More details to follow for areas of opportunity.

?Need Information?
NAMI Pomona Valley Helpline
Is here for YOU!!
(909) 399-0305

Support Groups

Everything is still up and running and on the same schedule; Classes, Support Groups, and General Meetings. It’s all just Virtual, online via the Video conferencing platform called Zoom. You can also contact the office for more info.

Connection Support Group Online

Connections Support Via Zoom
1st Tuesday of the month 6:16 - 7:30 PM
Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Every Friday at 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Family Support Group Online
1st Tuesday of every month at 6:15 – 7:30 PM

Spanish/Español Family Support Group
1st Tuesday of every month at 6:15 – 7:30 PM

If you have any questions please feel free
to call the NAMI Pomona Valley Helpline: (909) 399-0305

We are partnering with the California Department of Education (CDE) for Town Hall Meeting on how we can work together to support the needs
of youth as we transition back to the classroom.
Joining us will be Monica Neponuceno of the CDE. 

Friday, August 13, 1 pm PT

Salinas Valley Tribune
July 25, 2021

When will the pandemic end? That’s a complicated question, and difficult to answer. There will be no “light switch” moment where our lives suddenly return to what we call “normal.” In many ways, this pandemic has been like a long, destructive storm, perhaps a hurricane. It’s brought uncertainty and fear, sheltering and resupplying, economic consequences and loss of life.

Yet, much like stepping out of a basement to finally see the sun, we are all left to pick up the pieces. Many of us still face fear and uncertainty, financial challenges and, perhaps most crippling, anxiety about our reentry into an undetermined world.

So, while we continue to make huge advances in stopping the virus through medical science, the toll will be felt for many years to come. Pandemics do not have a clear beginning and an end, sometimes leading to increased uncertainty and distress.

Tips for dealing with pandemic stress
The following are coping skills to successfully deal with the common pains of the victims.

  • Take advantage of your connection: Take the time to build close relationships with others, especially those who accept and understand your feelings, and enjoy the close relationships you have. Socializing with others can reduce stress and create a sense of support and connection.
  • Find a purpose: Now that the pandemic has eased, you need more time to think about what’s important to you in your life and make sure you prioritize that time. Please participate in fun and meaningful activities.
  • Develop flexible routines. Create daily schedules to perform the tasks you need, and create flexible routines around them. This allows you to respond to unexpected events and urgent needs that occur while maintaining some consistency.
  • Monitor news ingestion. Be careful not to get buried in the news. Doing so has been shown to increase stress levels and anxiety. Set a daily time limit for reading, watching, and listening to news.
  • Take care of your body: Eat healthy foods and treats, drink plenty of water, and get plenty of rest. Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol. Set aside time for regular exercise and other physical activity. Studies have shown that this reduces stress and anxiety and improves physical health.
  • I go outside: Even a short walk outdoors is beneficial. Head to Pinnacles and other beautiful, heartwarming spaces. Fresh air reduces stress and improves physical and mental health.
  • Engage in practice to relax: Meditate or listen to music as a way to calm yourself. If you are experiencing acute stress, it is advisable to try simple abdominal breathing (discussed below).

Additional Support Resources

A toolkit for Schizophrenia and Related Disorders. The Alliance of America (SARDAA), has helpful information and resources. They also have virtual support groups:
Families and Friends for Care (FFFC) is a support group for families of diagnosed individuals with schizophrenia or schizophrenia-related brain illness.

To register for the conference support calls,
Groups are available Tuesdays at 4pm,
Wednesdays at 3 pm,
Sundays at 3pm and in Spanish on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 6pm.

NAMI Membership Dues:
Are you Current? Donations and membership are actually tax deductible!

Membership benefits include:

  • Our flagship magazine, The NAMI Advocate
  • Membership with NAMI National, NAMI California, and our Pomona Valley Affiliate
  • Voting privileges 
  • Discounts at the NAMI Store and on registration at the NAMI National Convention
  • Access to all the information and features on the website and more

NAMI education classes and training programs are held throughout the year. Class seating is limited and fill quickly. Training programs are offered upon availability. Please fill out this contact form to be notified when registration for classes become available or for training program availability.

Support groups will continue as scheduled and info can be
found on our website. 

**New Family 2 Family Classes coming soon, call us to get more info!!**

For more information on any class, please contact the helpline:
Phone: (909) 399-0305 Email:

If you Need Help Reach out

Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Other Resources Check the link below

Public Policy & Advocacy

NAMI champions better care and better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental health conditions. Join our movement!

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What's new in advocacy in California?
Ok not to be Ok: Mental Health takes top role
at Olympics
July 28, 2021
By: Jenna Fryer
Source: AP News

TOKYO (AP) — For decades, they were told to shake it off or toughen up — to set aside the doubt, or the demons, and focus on the task at hand: winning. Dominating. Getting it done.

For years, Simone Biles was one of the very best at that. Suddenly — to some, shockingly — she decided she wasn’t in the right headspace.
By pulling on her white sweatsuit in the middle of Tuesday night’s Olympic gymnastics meet, and by doing it with a gold medal hanging in the balance, Biles might very well have redefined the mental health discussion that’s been coursing through sports for the past year.

Michael Phelps, winner of a record 23 gold medals and now retired, has long been open about his own mental health struggles. Phelps has said he contemplated suicide after the 2012 Olympics while wracked with depression. Now an analyst for NBC’s swimming coverage, he said watching Biles struggle “broke my heart.”

“Mental health over the last 18 months is something people are talking about,” Phelps said. “We’re human beings. Nobody is perfect. So yes, it is OK not to be OK.”
Biles joins some other high-profile athletes in the Olympic space — overwhelmingly females — who have been talking openly about a topic that had been taboo in sports for seemingly forever.

— Tennis player Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open, never went to Wimbledon and, after her early exit in Tokyo this week, conceded that the Olympic cauldron was a bit too much to handle.

— American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson made no secret of the issues she faced as she prepared for an Olympic journey that never happened. She said she used marijuana to help mask the pain of her birth mother’s death, to say nothing of the pressure of the 100 meters.

— Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin left training camp in January to clear his head, saying he was finding it “very difficult for me to know how to find my way as Tom Dumoulin the cyclist.” He resumed training in May; on Wednesday, he won a silver medal in the men’s individual time trials.

Hope in the Face of Adversity
July 30. 2021

  • Adverse childhood experiences can lead to positive outcomes, such as resilience and adversarial growth.
  • A recent study of college students found strong associations between adversities experienced and increased motivation to succeed and help others.
  • Adversity-induced motivation to succeed fueled college students’ interest in working for social change, aspirations to lead, and self-efficacy.

It has been a tough couple of years. As the U.S. gradually starts to return to something like normal, many of us are still reeling from the effects of the pandemic. Death, illness, grief, job loss, businesses closing, and mental illness are just some of the challenges we face as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed, and it’s hard not to feel hopeless.
The reality is that many of us have already experienced substantial adversity, in one form or another. And, unfortunately, many people experienced that adversity at a young age. Experiences like these are so common, in fact, that the CDC has a term to describe them: adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)1. It’s an umbrella term that encompasses a wide range of really difficult experiences, stretching from abuse, to domestic violence, to living in a household with someone who was abusing substances, incarcerated, or experiencing mental illness, to the divorce or separation of parents2ACEs are alarmingly widespread. The CDC reports that 61% of adults have lived through one or more ACE, and 16% have experienced four or more different categories of ACEs1.
A lot of what researchers have learned about ACEs is hard to hear, and links being exposed to ACEs to even more challenges later in life, like diagnoses of heart disease and cancer3 and mental illness during college4.

However, academic research also suggests that the picture is more complicated than that.

For a surprising number of people, overcoming adversity leads to positive outcomes. One of these outcomes is resilience. In fact, one study measured resilience in the aftermath of another large-scale traumatic event—9/11. Researchers determined that 65.1% of study participants demonstrated resilience in the wake of these terrorist attacks.5

Source: Psychology Today

 Legislation Spotlight

Help Support

We need your help.

Several critical bills have been introduced in the California State Assembly and State Senate that can improve the lives of individuals, families and communities impacted by mental illness.

What can you do?
Find out about the legislation under consideration and sign our letters of support;
links below.

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