NAMI Pomona Valley Newsletter
May News 2021
Continue to check out our website below for upcoming
Events and Announcements.

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

Connections Support Via Zoom
Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Meeting ID: 875 4676 5878
Passcode: 377035

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
Ending The Silence:
How to Support the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Monday May 10th
6pm - 7:30pm

This webinar streamed on Facebook Live will delve into the historical, generational and current racial trauma in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and the importance of community healing. Panelists will share their own personal perspective and experience within the AAPI community while highlighting the strengths and resilience of the community as a whole. We will also share local resources to support individual and collective wellness.

Follow on Facebook so you are notified when we are live, or register to join the Webinar at:


Every Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2008 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767 (Parking Lot)

  • Free - Medical services
  • Free - Medical consultations
  • Linkage to community resources and services
  • Food and beverage will be provided

For more information, call us (866) 623-9500


Todos los martes
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2008 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767 (el estacionamiento)

  • Gratis - Servicios médicos
  • Gratis - Consultas médicas
  • Conexiones a servicios y recursos en la comunidad
  • Estaremos proporcionando bebidas y comida gratis

Para más información, llamenos al (866) 623-9500

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. 

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

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

What's new in advocacy in California?
Glenn Close on a mission to End Stigma
Surrounding Mental Illness
By: Allie Torgan, CNN
April 22, 2021

(CNN)Glenn Close is up for an Oscar this Sunday for her role in the film "Hillbilly Elegy."
But in real life, the Academy Award nominee and Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner is busy shining the spotlight on mental health awareness.
And for Close, it's personal.

"Most families are dealing with some aspect of mental health," Close told CNN. "When my sister Jess came to me and said, 'I need help because I can't stop thinking of killing myself,' it was like a bolt out of nowhere."

At age 50, after years of struggling, her sister Jessie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Jessie's son, Calen Pick, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2001.

"When you look back, I saw evidence of Jessie's mental distress when she was very young," Close said. "She would rub her fingers ... when she was anxious, until it was raw, sometimes bleeding. And now, that would be a major red flag."

Close said growing up her own family "had no vocabulary for it," and didn't talk about it. As she began to learn more about the painful stigma and discrimination that often surrounds mental illness, Close made it her mission to fight to end that stigma.

In 2009, with her sister Jessie and nephew Calen, she started Bring Change to Mind, a non-profit that advocates mental health awareness and support in schools and communities.

With the aim of fostering understanding and empathy, the group creates multimedia campaigns and develops youth programs to encourage a diverse cultural conversation around mental health.

Your Pandemic Recovery Plan
April 27, 2021

It has been well over a year since the pandemic became an unwelcome intruder into our lives. So many things have seemed out of our control. While we are not quite through with it yet, we are seeing the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. With that light comes the realization that we need to complete our own “Pandemic Recovery.”

What do we know about the stresses this pandemic has placed on most of us? Do any of these sound familiar?

The reality is, almost all of us have dealt with at least a couple of these. So, what to do? Let’s move forward with purpose, and implement our Pandemic Recovery Plan.

Pandemic Recovery Plan
We have spent more than enough months secluding, isolating, and fretting. We need human contact, to feel engaged with others, confident, comfortable, loved, and a better sense of calm and relaxation as we look to the remainder of 2021.

This is a lot to ask. Many still worry about themselves, or a family member, as the virus remains in our society. Financial concerns don’t disappear just because we want them to. Stress and worry don’t dissolve just because we don’t want to feel them anymore.

What we are talking about is incremental improvement. Wherever you are on your Pandemic Recovery journey, let’s now focus on getting better.

Some of us were able to deal with the pandemic with only a glancing blow. For others, it hit us head-on, and we may still be reeling from its effects. Yet all of us do need to take this opportunity to recover, whether it be from a mild or severe episode of pandemic-itis.

Source - Psychology Today

 Legislation Spotlight

Help Support

AB 988 (Bauer-Kahan D)   Mental health: mobile crisis support teams: 988 crisis hotline. Introduced: 2/18/2021 Status: 3/4/2021-Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and C. & C. Location: 3/4/2021-A. HEALTH Calendar:  4/20/2021  1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Assembly Chamber  ASSEMBLY HEALTH, WOOD, Chair Summary: Would establish the 988 Crisis Hotline Center, using the digits “988” in compliance with existing federal law and standards governing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The bill would require the Office of Emergency Services to take specified actions to implement the hotline system, including hiring a director with specified experience and designating a 988 crisis hotline center or centers to provide crisis intervention services and crisis care coordination to individuals accessing the 988.

AB 935 (Maienschein D)   Telehealth: mental health. Introduced: 2/17/2021 Status: 2/25/2021-Referred to Com. on HEALTH. Location: 2/25/2021-A. HEALTH Calendar:  4/27/2021  1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Assembly Chamber  ASSEMBLY HEALTH, WOOD, Chair Summary: Would require health care service plans and health insurers, by July 1, 2022, to provide access to a telehealth consultation program that meets specified criteria and provides providers who treat children and pregnant and certain postpartum persons with access to a mental health consultation program, as specified. The bill would require the consultation by a mental health clinician with expertise appropriate for pregnant, postpartum, and pediatric patients to be conducted by telephone or telehealth video, and to include guidance on the range of evidence-based treatment options, screening tools, and referrals. The bill would require health care service plans and insurers to communicate information relating to the telehealth program at least twice a year in writing. The bill would require health care service plans and health insurers to monitor data pertaining to the utilization of the program to facilitate ongoing quality improvements, as necessary, and to provide a description of the program to the appropriate department.

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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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Choose NAMI Pomona Valley!

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!
NAMI POMONA VALLEY | 3115 N. Garey Avenue, Pomona, CA 91767
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