NAMI Pomona Valley
National Alliance on Mental Illness

June Newsletter 2022


Tues. June 7th
Please join us on Tuesday June 7th
6:15pm - 7:30pm

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

Location: Sumner Room

***Masks will be required ***
Please make sure to social distance

If you are feeling ill, we also have a 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! Martes 7 de Junio

Pagina Web para mas informacion:

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**

‘New You’: San Antonio friends create mental health app for your inner circle

SAN ANTONIO – You’ve likely heard the term “check on your strong friends”-- alluding to the idea that anyone can struggle with mental health, regardless of how they are seen by world. But how can we do that?

It can be hard to know when to check in on your loved ones or even make time for a call when we are all living our own lives.

In the midst of a pandemic, as much of the world is looking for ways to shed light on mental health, two San Antonio entrepreneurs set out to make it easier than ever to make a difference.

“There’s this pent up desire for people to talk about mental health. But what I’ve realized is nobody wants to go first,” Lorenzo Gomez said.

He and Steve Cunningham are the co-founders of the app ‘We Tree’. They call it ‘the mental health minute’-- as that’s all it takes. The first 30 seconds is a daily survey with eight questions based on the science of positive psychology about your day and mental health. The questions are answered using a ranking system from 1-5.

Gomez believes society has been conditioned to fake a smile or always answer “good” when asked how we’re doing. The number system used in the app makes it much easier for someone to share how they are really feeling.

“Even the people that you love whenever you’re struggling, you tell yourself this lie, which is, I don’t want to bother them and I don’t want to burden them with my problems. So the app is very simple. You’re way more likely to click a one saying, ‘I’m struggling,’ than to tell someone that I’m struggling,” Gomez explained.

After submitting your assessment you’ll see how your ‘inner circle’ answered theirs. The inner circle consists of only the people you choose. Cunningham said it’s often a group of between 2-10 friends and family.

“You’ll see what they post as well. And when somebody’s doing well, you’re going to reach out and give them some encouragement. And when you see that they’re having a tough day, you’re going to reach out and see how you can support them,” Cunningham said. “This is allowing people to have conversations that they otherwise would never have. [It’s] facilitating this real world connection and these deep and meaningful conversations that people are just not having right now.”

We Tree is currently available on desktop. Gomez and Cunningham are just weeks away from launching the mobile app version.

There are different plans to choose from beginning with the basic free plan to get started. You can find more details on their website.


!!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.

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

NAMI Walks Your Way 2022
This was an awesome event that took place in downtown LA at Grand Park
on May 21, 2022.

There were 1,159 participants and 161 Walk Teams!!

Dani Nicolet and Brooke Johnson joined us as our Master of Ceremonies and
Keynote Speaker. We also welcomed Mayim Bialik and Risa Dorkin as NAMIWalks Ambassadors this year to help amplify our vision of
mental health for all.

It was a vibrant event that inspried us all to get involved and
advocate for change.

Our chapter unfortunaltye did not meet our goal; however, it's not too late
to Donate. Donations will be acceepted through End of July.
Any donation is much appreciated and Tax Deductible.

Help us at NAMI Pomona reach our Goal of $17,000!!!
NAMI Pomona Valley - Super Team

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.

Feel free to share your story of WHY.
Why is NAMI important to you?
Why do you walk or support this worthy cause?
Why is Mental Health important to you?
Please post these stories to our FACEBOOK Social Media Site or email us.
or email:


A big thanks going out to all your hard work weither it was volunteering or
participating in NAMI Walks 2022. A successful Event!!
To our Walk Team, Board Memebers, NAMI PV Affiliate participant/ walkers, Tri-City and Pomona Valley Hospital we thank you ALL for your continued Support!!

NAMI California

Town Hall meetings cover an array of topics within the Mental Health Community to help you and your families. Covering topics such as Health Insurance, Students in the Classroom, Mental Health Services, Suicide and many other topics.

March 8th Most recent Town Hall is posted:

Learn about telehealth with Alliance for Patience Access (AFPA)!
AFPA presented information regarding the background and future of mental health telehealth services. AFPA included the following panelists: Dr. Rimal Bera and his long-term patient George Ventura to present and discuss an in-depth perspective on finding a balance between telehealth and in-person care for mental health treatment.

?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

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
Available 9am to 9pm
June 14-16

NAMI is pleased to announce the first day plenary speaker for NAMICon 2022, actor, author and mental health advocate Mayim Bialik.

Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her award-winning portrayal of Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and as the current co-host of “Jeopardy!” She is also a champion for mental health awareness and advocacy. Bialik earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA where she studied obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and she’s authored multiple books, two of which reached #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Our full schedule of workshops, plenaries and special events is now available! Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to hear inspiring speakers and learn from mental health leaders and experts at the largest community gathering of mental health advocates in the U.S. NAMICon will offer more than 30 workshops dedicated to mental health research, crisis response systems, promoting equitable care and support for underserved communities, and youth-focused programming.

32nd yr. Original Pomona Valley Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival

Event Time: 10am - 6:30pm
GOSPEL CONCERT 12:00pm to 1:00pm



For more information Contact Dr. Trudy Coleman (909) 418-8530

NAMI State Conference

NAMI California is pleased to announce that the 2022 Annual Conference will be in-person at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Aug 25 & 26.

This year’s theme is “Moving Forward with Hope and Resiliency,” and we are excited to collaborate and connect on the future of mental health in person for the first time in 2 years. The conference will feature workshops, discussions, and leaders sharing their experiences and recommendations about how we can move forward to mental health parity. Stay tuned as we announce
speakers and workshop topics in the coming weeks.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Early Bird Deadlilne is June 15.  Registrations can be transferred to another person if requested in writing via email to Eugenia Cervantes at by the original registrant at least two weeks before the conference.

No refunds will be given after August 10, 2022-No Exceptions. There is a $35.00 cancellation fee.
If you have any questions, please contact Eugenia Cervantes at or
916 567-0163.

Merger brings Stronger Voice:
Better Together

 LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC) has officially formed a merger between six chapters in Los Angeles County, and is part of a greater effort to promote advocacy and grants to implement free mental health programs in the county.

The organization, now known as NAMI Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC), will include six chapters and represent approximately 70 percent of the county, including the San Fernando Valley, Glendale, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, Pomona Valley, and Long Beach areas. The newly reformed organization will also be hosting LA County's largest mental health walk this year on May 21st during Mental Health Awareness Month in Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

"By unifying the affiliated chapters under one umbrella, we can ensure that our service areas are receiving the support they need and focus our attention on building and strengthening our programs in the county," said Traute Winters, Executive Director of NAMI Greater Los Angeles County. 

NAMI GLAC will contract with organizations such as the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to deploy mental health programs and resources in the county.

"With the merger, our voice for families and peers affected by serious mental illness has never been stronger," said John O'Malley, GLAC Board President. "Advocacy, training, adopting best practices, and attaining some economies of scale are all benefits of this transition." 

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 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

 Legislation Spotlight

Follow up SB1338

Amended and passed in Senate on MAY 19, 2022

SB 1338 (Umberg D, Eggman D) Legislative vehicle for Governor Gavin Newsom’s CARE Court proposal.

Summary: CARE Court is a proposed framework to deliver mental health and substance use disorder services to the most severely impaired Californians who too often languish – suffering in homelessness or incarceration – without the treatment
they desperately need.

It connects a person in crisis with a court-ordered Care Plan for up to 12 months, with the possibility to extend for an additional 12 months. The framework would provide individuals with a clinically appropriate, community-based set of services and supports that are culturally and linguistically competent. This includes short-term stabilization medications, wellness and recovery supports, and connection to social services
and a housing plan.

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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