NAMI Pomona Valley Newsletter
October News 2021


Tues. Oct. 5th

Family Support Group will still meet online but attendees also have the choice of gathering in person at 6:15 pm.

Our physical meeting space is in the
Sumner Room at:

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

**Masks will be required**
As well as social distancing

Click on this link, go to Virtual Support Groups:
Monthly General Meeting
look for the Zoom Link

Movies are generally picked the week of and announced on the day through social media. You can even suggest movies through our online suggestion box! The platform is meant for computers but if you have AppleTV, Chromecast, or an HDMI cable you could enjoy the film on a bigger screen. If you have access to a copy of the film you can skip the computer, sync to watch it with us and then click on the link to join in the chat afterwards! Until we can meet in person again we look forward to all our online activities with you!

Every 2nd Wednesday
Check the link below for time/ dates & for more info..


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 is looking for more volunteers to serve.
More details to follow for areas of opportunity.
In the meantime if you are interested please contact the
Helpline to let us know or email -

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

To obtain an application online, please visit
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

Sept. 18, 2021
By: Bonnie Zucker, Ph.D.

As a psychologist, I’ve been seeing more and more clients reporting anxiety and 
depression symptoms related to helplessness about climate change and other environmental issues. In fact, although more than half of US adults believe that climate change is the most important issue facing us today, about 40% of people have not made any alterations to their behaviors to reduce their impact on the environment.

Anxiety-related to climate change and other environmental problems can be adaptive, where a person takes steps to make changes, or maladaptive, characterized by passivity and a sense of defeat (Taylor, 2020). Here are some steps to facilitate making adaptive changes, which could reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms.

1. Manage Media Exposure
While it is important to be informed, the overuse of media about climate change and other environmental catastrophes can often be overwhelming and cause helplessness and hopelessness. Some research has indicated that overly fearful depictions of climate change can be counterproductive: it can cause so much overwhelm that people end up doing nothing.

Burying your head in the sand and wishing the problem would disappear is not the answer, but you should be mindful of your media consumption. Before reading or watching something related to the environment, you can ask yourself, “Is this going to help me take action, or will it just make me feel hopeless?” If it is the latter, consider skipping it.

On the other hand, you can seek out positive messages about things being done to help the environment, which can help elevate your mood and put you in a better place to take action. For example, if you do a web search on positive environmental articles, you will come across articles like this featuring Seville, Spain, using rotting oranges from their prolific trees to generate electricity. It also discusses that renewable energy sources now constitute over 21 percent of the energy use in the United States. Or, if you are on Instagram, consider following accounts that will populate your feed with positive environmental stories and tips, such as @get.waste.ed, @nature_org, and

Source: Psychology Today
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

Students Struggling with Mental Health
How to help
By: Rhitu Chatterjee (NPR)
Sept. 17, 2021

Most kids around the country are back in classrooms by now, but this school year isn’t quite the return-to-normalcy that everyone had hoped for. Covid-19 cases are surging again, and many school districts have already closed due to outbreaks. Others are offering remote learning options. This school year is already feeling uncertain and anxiety ridden for many students.

"Teacher, kids, everybody thought we were going to come back this year and everything would be back to normal," says Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a senior vice president at Array Behavioral Care. "And now that it's not, how do we prepare kids for another potentially challenging year?"

That's a question she's been getting a lot from schools in recent weeks. So what do you do? Christian-Brathwaite and other mental health experts gave NPR some tips that parents, teachers and all adults can use to help kids cope better in these uncertain times.

1. Adults, take care of your own well being first.
"There are no healthy children without healthy adults," says Christian-Brathwaite.
It's important for adults in charge of kids to take care of their own mental health, she says, so they are able to better manage whatever comes their way.

Practice things that will support your resilience, advises child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Vera Feuer, the associate vice president for school mental health at Northwell Health.

Feuer suggests doing calming activities like yoga and meditation. In fact, any physical activity can help, she adds, like hiking, dancing or playing sports. It will help you manage your emotions better and stay calm during stressful times, she says. And in the process you can teach your kids or students these important skills, too.

"Kids and parents should understand that we all have anxiety and stress in our lives, and the goal is not to eliminate it, but to learn to manage it," adds Feuer.

Christian-Brathwaite suggests incorporating calming activities like meditation into the school day — either at the start of the day, or during transitions between classes.
"Something as simple as a regular practice of meditation or mindfulness, it decreases our stress response," she says. "It brings kids out of that fight, flight or freeze, and it brings the adults out of it as well."

2. Talk to kids about their concerns — and validate their feelings
It's important to start talking to kids about their emotions and their mental health early, and before things reach a crisis point.

Families should "provide kids with open spaces to discuss their concerns," says Feuer. "This generation is changing in terms of their view of mental health. And there is a positive shift in the stigma issue in terms of kids being more willing and able to come forward and talk about things. And really, adults need to continue to support that."

The same advice goes for schools, too, says Dena Trujillo, interim CEO of Crisis Text Line, which has created a toolkit called Mental Health School Supplies to help kids cope better during these times.

"Some of these things seem basic, but they're really important," she says.
And when kids express their concerns, say about being back in school, or fear of infections, parents and teachers need to accept their concerns as valid, says Feuer, and then teach them tools to manage their anxiety and stress, like yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Even better: practice these skills as a family.


 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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