NAMI Pomona Valley Newsletter
March News 2021

Monthly Event

Will resume April 6, 2021

Feel Free to utilize and join in the NAMI PV Support Groups this month and every month. We are here to help support, encourage and lift each other up in our time of need!!!

?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
1st Tuesday of every month at 6:15 – 7:30 PM
Every Friday at 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Family Support Group Online
1st Tuesday of every month at 6:15 – 7:30 PM
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 – 8:30 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

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. 

For more information on any class, please contact our office:
Phone: (909) 625-2383 Email:

Free Webinare!!!
ACEs Aware Webinare Presentation
March 11th
Time : 11:30am

This webinar will be facilitated by special guest presenter, Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, MD, one of the world’s foremost experts on childhood trauma and co-principal investigator of the groundbreaking 1997 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study.

We will delve into the findings from the ACEs study and the long-term effects on health for those who experience early childhood trauma and toxic stress. Attendees will learn:

  • The 10 types of ACEs and how individuals with a history of ACEs are at an elevated risk for health outcomes, including chronic disease, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and risky health behavior
  • How parents, providers, educators and communities can support the health and well-being of children and families impacted by ACEs and toxic stress

You can register for this here. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to us at

It takes us all to foster resilient and healing communities. We hope you will attend and join our efforts to ensure everyone is ACEs Aware and thriving,

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!

Sign up to get Text Alerts on current petitions and stay connected with whats going on.

Me 2 Orchestra
Classic Music for Mental Health

Me2/ (“me, too”) is the world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them. Me2/ serves as a model organization where people with and without mental illnesses work together in an environment where acceptance is an expectation, patience is encouraged, and supporting each other is a priority.

You do not need to have a diagnosis to join. Me2/ serves people with and without mental illness who share the goal of erasing stigma. We rehearse and perform in a supportive, stigma-free environment. For more information or to join us now, please email: or call (802) 238-8369.
We can’t wait to meet you!

For more information go to:

How to Fight COVID Depression with Exercise
February 26, 2021

For many people these days, the experience of COVID-19 feels a lot like clinical depression. As winter has dragged on, Americans have collectively been feeling blue, staying inside, curling up in comfortable clothes, avoiding other people, watching a lot of Netflix, and maybe eating too-large portions of our favorite comfort foods. These days, the pandemic is about living through an endlessly grey, endlessly repeated winter day, when there’s nothing you want to do and no one to do it with. This feeling of oppression and emptiness, for many people, is the very portrait of depression. The last things one would want to do under such circumstances would be going out for a run, or lifting weights, or getting a cardiovascular workout. Unfortunately, this is one of the ways in which depression can feed itself: by sapping the motivation for exercise, an activity that has the power to clear the depression away.

For years, we’ve known that regular exercise can reduce the symptoms of depression: the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry articulated this in a review article in 2004. Exercise, according to the Harvard Health Letter, initiates a “biological cascade” of positive, depression-fighting effects, including improved sleep, reduced blood pressure, and protection against heart disease or diabetes. In fact, for some people, changing their routines to include exercise can be as effective against depression as taking SSRI medications. (It’s important to recognize that these effects seem limited to mild or moderate or depression; exercise hasn’t yet been found to reduce severe depression in this way.)  In a 2020 article, The New York Times reported the results of a new study, undertaken at Columbia University Medical Center, in which 119 volunteers were assigned to one of two groups: Group A, which was instructed to exercise four times each week; or Group B, whose members made no changes to their ordinary routines. The study ran for three months, and then both groups were tested for depressive symptoms. Afterward, Group A showed a 35 percent symptom reduction, but the depression scores of Group B — the control group — hardly changed at all.

Notably, the Columbia study took place in the context of the pandemic, which has caused significant increases in anxiety and depression across the country (according to the CDC). Accordingly, as the COVID-19 crisis stretches on, adding exercise to our daily routines may be ever more important. The three-month duration of the Columbia study is significant as well, as the Times reported, in that the mood-regulating effects of daily exercise typically do not set in until after at least a few weeks. To be fair, though, they can last a while: Columbia’s volunteers continued to feel better for up to a month after they had stopped exercising regularly. 

The effects of exercise on mood are not perfectly understood, although there is no shortage of theories about why it helps. Perhaps, some say, the endorphin release generated by exercise is the effective component of exercise, because it promotes mood improvements and an overall sense of well-being. Working out may also help people develop feelings of self-efficacy, which is to say, to boost their confidence in being able to exert appropriate control over the outcome of certain events. And lastly, exercise may simply be a highly effective distraction, which allows people to turn their attention away from worries or depressing thoughts. 

If you haven’t been feeling very happy lately — if you’re having blue moods and negative thoughts about yourself, your world, and your future — you may want to think about starting a program of regular exercise. It’s best to start such a program in a modest way, with a short walk or some other kind of low-intensity activity. Do this every day, even if you don’t walk for very long each time. After a few days of consistent adherence to your new exercise plan, increase the time you spend exercising each day. Your ultimate goal should be something like two and a half hours of exercise per week.  Remember not to expect the results to accrue right away, though. You may find it easier to sleep at night if you can spend time outside each day, but your mood still may not start to change until after several weeks of exercise.

Exercise is not only a valuable component of self-care. It's an inexpensive, widely available, and potentially highly effective way to fight the dark moods that COVID-19 can bring on. 
Article Link- Source: Psychology Today

 Proposed Modfications to HIPPA
Privacy rule to support, move forward, coordinate care and more

Office for Civil Rights, Office of the Secretary, HHS.
Notice of proposed rule making.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or “the Department”) is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the Standards for the Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (Privacy Rule) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH Act). These modifications address standards that may impede the transition to value-based health care by limiting or discouraging care coordination and case management communications among individuals and covered entities (including hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers, payors, and insurers) or posing other unnecessary burdens. The proposals in this NPRM address these burdens while continuing to protect the privacy and security of individuals' protected health information.
Official NAMIWalks Logo

NAMI Walks 2021
A United Day of Hope!!

This spring, all roads lead to NAMIWalks Your Way: A United Day of Hope with the destination as always being Mental Health for All.
Many events will coincide on May 22, 2021.

Last year, with so many people sheltering in place and looking out for their safety, we shifted to a virtual event, NAMIWalks Your Way, which encouraged people to use their creativity and participate however they could given their situation. Thanks to so many amazing participants, we far exceeded expectations, which were already high.
Let’s keep the momentum going this spring — as we unite across the country to
insist on hope and celebrate Mental Health for All. 

On the day of the event, NAMIWalks participants, mental health advocates, and
NAMI partners will step up our strength and energy even further. There are thousands of ways to reach a goal — and every one is yours. Together with you, NAMIWalks remains one of the top mental health walk series in the country.

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NAMI Wish List:

• Copy Paper (color and black & white)
• Water Bottles
• ½“ white binders with clear view front
• Laptops (used is fine) & projectors
• Gift Cards to Staples or Costco


You can bring donated items to the office during business hours or to our monthly event.
You can also choose to donate through the links on our homepage!
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