NAMI Pomona Valley
National Alliance on Mental Illness

January Newsletter 2023


There will be no Family Support Group this month,
we will resume in February.

Our Connection Support Groups are still going.
Connection Support Group Online

Connections Support Via Zoom
Every Friday at 6:30 – 8:00 PM

First Tuesday of the Month
6:15pm - 7:30pm

Claremont United Church of Christ
233 Harrison Ave
Claremont Ca, 91711

Location: Sumner Room

Please make sure to social distance

If you are feeling ill, we also have a English Zoom option.

Link to Zoom meeting: 


Family Support Group is here to connect you with families and friends who also have a loved one in their life that is suffering from a mental illness. 
We are here to support you!

We are in this together!

NAMI Pomona Valley Te inivitamos a nuestro evento:
Grupo de Apoyo Familiar! 1er martes del mes

El Grupo de Apoyo familiar esta aquí para connectarte con familias y amistades de personas que sufren de una enfremedad de salud mental. Estamos aqui para apoyarte. 

Juntos se puede!

**Family Support In Person offered in English & Spanish**

5 Ways to Feel More Positive Emotions

People often think of mental health as primarily about minimizing negative emotions, like reducing anxietyangerloneliness, and sadness.

However, your skills for cultivating positive emotions can matter just as much when it comes to your overall happiness. Here are five mechanisms that will help you feel abundant positive emotions. If you master these skills they'll go a long way to helping you feel like a happy person overall.

1. Notice and appreciate simple joys.
There's comfort and delight all around us, but some people are better at noticing it than others. Do you notice the cozy feeling when you get into bed each night? Do you pay attention to your child's smile or the smell of their skin? Do you notice other people excelling in their roles, like the school crossing guard who does a specular job? Do you appreciate other people's creativity, like the coworker who puts together unique outfits?

Appreciate what you experience regularly (e.g., putting on your comfortable slippers each evening) and the novel (e.g., the person not realizing they're singing out loud in public).

2. Put yourself in situations likely to evoke positive emotions.
Do you put yourself in situations that are likely to stir positive emotions? Do you visit awe-inspiring national parks? Do you engage in new activities and situations frequently? Do you incorporate excitement and surprise into your life?

3. Target the full spectrum of positive emotions.
In mental health writing, there's a lot of focus on feeling calm. In reality, there are a huge variety of positive emotions beyond relaxation and the absence of stress. To maximize your happiness, you'll want to regularly experience the full spectrum of positive emotions, not just a few. Some examples of positive emotions are joy, contentment, awe, surprise, excitement, delight, calm, satisfaction, amazement, love, connection, curiosity, pride, and vigor/zest/energy*. What others can you think of? Add to this list yourself, then search for lists of positive emotions to see what you missed. If you can't think of a positive emotion label, you may not be putting much effort into experiencing that emotion. Increasing that emotion, by deliberately targeting it, could provide an easy or profound happiness win.

Source: Psychology Today

A Schizophrenia Story Over the Holidays

People living with severe mental illness are unable to take a break from their illness during holidays and special times.

Although psychotic illnesses may affect every aspect of their lives, they may not have awareness of how they come off.

As a child, I loved Christmas and New Year’s. I hold many warm and wonderful memories. However, due to the insidious onset of schizophrenia in my college years, I remember painful times struggling with severe psychosis. Mental illness presents challenges different from other illnesses since it affects the brain, thought processing, and behavior. Altered behavior can affect others and negatively impact or even ruin relationships.

In December 2002, I flew to Thailand over the holidays to visit American friends who lived there.

Looking back, my 2002 Christmas trip to Thailand was poorly planned. I took dangerous risks. On my way to Thailand, I transferred planes in Seoul, Korea, where I had a very short layover, but it was the cheapest ticket I could find. I ran through the airport as fast as I could. Fortunately, I did catch the plane. I never considered the potential ramifications of missing a plane in a foreign country.

I arrived at the Hong Kong airport from Seoul at 11 at night and tried unsuccessfully to sleep on some airport chairs. I would wait for 18 hours in the Hong Kong airport to catch my connecting flight, though I did not have a cell phone, books, or any form of entertainment. In hindsight, I should have made plans to check into the airport hotel, but it was too expensive.

As morning came, I had to wait several more hours to finally catch my afternoon flight into Thailand. I was very hungry, but I spent just a few dollars on breakfast, hoping the food in Thailand would be far cheaper than in the airport. I was deluded to believe that regardless of how tight money would be, I had to go to Thailand. I was determined to make it to visit my host family, convinced that the exposure to another culture would somehow change my life in some important way.

Source: Psychology Today

Grief & The Holiday Season

“The holidays are times spent with our loved ones.” This has been imprinted on our psyche from a young age. Holidays mark the passage of time in our lives. They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. But since holidays are for being with those we love the most, how on earth can anyone be expected to cope with them when a loved one has died? For many people, this is the hardest part of grieving, when we miss our loved ones even more than usual. How can we celebrate togetherness when there is none?
When you lose someone special, your world lacks its celebratory qualities. Holidays magnify that loss. The sadness deepens and the loneliness can feel isolating. The need for support may be the greatest during the holidays. Pretending you don’t hurt and/or it isn’t a harder time of the year is just not the truth for you. But you can – and will – get through the holidays. Rather than avoiding the feelings of grief, lean into them. It is not the grief you want to avoid, it is the pain. No one can take that pain away, but grief is not just pain, grief is love. Here is a video that may help you with www.Holiday

There are a number of ways to incorporate your loved one and your loss into the holidays.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Years
These are the biggest and usually most challenging of all. You can and will get through the Holidays. Rather than avoiding the feelings of grief, lean into them. It is not the grief you want to avoid, it is the pain. Grief is the way out of the pain. Grief is our internal feelings and mourning is our external expressions.

Ways to externalize the loss – give it a time and a place

  •  A prayer before the Holiday dinner, about your loved one.
  •  Light a candle for your loved one.
  •  Create an online tribute for them.
  •  Share a favorite story about your loved one.
  •  Have everyone tell a funny story about your loved one.
  •  At your place of worship remember them in a prayer.
  •  Chat online about them.


!!Volunteers Needed!!

We need new presenters and are looking for other volunteers, who are willing to be trained; positions hopefully will be posted soon.
More details to follow soon on our website.

Additional positions coming, current position open:

*Community Volunteer Tabling at Events*

You may also contact the office for more details.
Phone: (909) 399-0305

!! Attention Educators & Parents !!

Would you like to see NAMI presence at your School or District?
Reaching out to our local Pomona Valley Community.

Please contact us to strengthen our relationships within the community.
We also need your help with partnering with our local schools.

If interested or can help connect us, please reach out to Kyoni Cummings
our Education Coordinator

California needs greater Urgency on Mental Health Care

California lags behind in mental health care despite recent improvements. It seems we have taken one step forward and two steps back. COVID-19 and the economic crisis have created a worse situation than before. For some, it is out of sight, out of mind. But research shows a majority of California’s families have had someone impacted by a serious mental health crisis. A sense of urgency is needed on all levels of government leadership for those suffering from mental illness.

A statewide mental health plan with funding needs to be developed with Gov. Gavin Newsom leading the way. I give him credit for working on the issue and making some progress, the first governor to do so in a long time.

But right now a majority of people with mental health conditions do not receive any treatment. Even in the best health care systems, there are long waits for appointments. Often from the first recognition of a mental health condition to receiving treatment is 10 years. A tidal wave of mental health issues is confronting us. So let’s start working on some positive solutions.

Dr. Tom Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, writes in his new book, “Healing: Our Path From Mental Illness to Mental Health,” that “we have solutions that are effective. For most problems we don’t need to know more to be effective. We know what works.” Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the first California surgeon general, is an advocate for screening and treatment plans for children with adverse childhood experiences. Early Start programs for children with disabilities are very effective. Support groups such as Parents Helping Parents and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) teach families to support their loved ones.

Source: The Mercury News

Hope Starts with US:
Grief During Holidays

In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with Music Mogul, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and NAMI Ambassador Master P about the recent loss of his daughter to substance use, and how he plans to cope with his first year without her during the holidays. Together, they talk about grief, faith, healing in the Black community and turning pain into purpose.  


City Council meetings cover an array of topics within local Government. With so many ongoing changes we want to make sure NAMI's voice is heard. Its time to stand up and raise our collective voices to help you and your families. When policies and programs are being decided we want to advocate for Mental Health Services, Housing and so much more. Please take the
time to see when your local city may meet and what is on the agenda. If any topics arise we want to make sure we are advocating for ourselves, families and the community at large who may not be able to articulate their needs. Some local City links below.

Fore more information if you want to assist in advocating email

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

Support Groups

Classes, Support Groups, and General Meetings. In-person or Virtual meetings via the Video conferencing platform Zoom. You can also contact the office for more information.

Connection Support Group Online

Connections Support Via Zoom
Every Friday at 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Family Support Group Online
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
Available 9am to 9pm
Are you a Marathon Runner?

NAMI is proud to return as a charity partner of the 2023 Los Angeles Marathon + Charity Half Marathon taking place on March 19th, 2023 and you can be a part of it! As a member of Team NAMI, you have the choice of running or walking the L.A. Marathon 26.2
or the exclusive Charity Half Marathon - only available to those who participate on behalf of a charity - all while providing help + hope to those impacted by mental illness. When you run or walk with TEAM NAMI, you let people know it's ok to talk about mental health, and that NAMI is here for everyone who needs us.

Spaces are limited. If you’d like more information please reach out to Davi at

Registration link:
Greater Crisis Care Access: The Reality and the Promise of 9-8-8 With the launch of 9-8-8 as the new easy-to-remember number to reach the national Lifeline, access to confidential support for anyone experiencing a suicide or mental health crisis has become much easier.

Events in January

Free diaper Distribution Monthly
Eligibility Requirements
  • Must live in San Bernardino County
  • Must be within the gross income guidelines
  • Must not be receiving diapers from another Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino partner
You can sign up to pick diapers once a month.
Sizes Available: Newborn to 6 & Training Pants 2T to 5T
For more information call the Health Education Center at (909) 806-1816.

Ontario Virtual Job Fair
Fri, January 6, 2023, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST
See link below to Register.

Lunar Festival -Pomona
Jan 14, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - Jan 14, 2023 @ 07:00 PM
Asian American Expo  ushers in the Year of the Rabbit; continuing the tradition of hosting the largest Lunar New Year Celebration in America.
Location : Pomona Fairplex
2118 N White Ave
Pomona, CA 91768

Lunar Festival - Rancho Cucamonga
Saturday, January 21, 2023
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
RC Sports Center
8303 Rochester Ave.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 477-2785

Call the NAMI Helpline at
Or text "HelpLine" to 62640

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 National is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We'll send it to you upon successful
completion of your donation.

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. 


An 8 week course for family members and caregivers of individuals afflicted with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Teachers are trained family members guided by a curriculum prepared and regularly updated by the national offices of NAMI. The course covers research to date on causes of mental illness, plus treatment and recovery programs as well as communication and coping skills.

To register please call 909-258-9864
Kyoni Cummings

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

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