January 2019 Newsletter
Happy New Year!
2 018 In Review & 2019 Plans
Look at what you and NAMI San Diego did in 2018!
Your time, dollars, and encouragement provide hours of education, support, and advocacy to those impacted by mental illness.
NAMI San Diego was recently featured on NBC 7 San Diego evening news in their segment on Mental Health in San Diego. Click  here   to see the interview with Valerie Hebert
Education & Advocacy
Education & Advocacy Meeting
First Thursday of every month, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
NAMI San Diego Office
5095 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite #320
San Diego, CA 92123
NAMI San Diego's Education and Advocacy meetings provide information about mental health conditions, recovery, support and other topics essential to create and maintain a life of wellness. Meetings are free and open to everyone in the community.
January 3rd, 2019 @ 6pm
Legal Aid Society of San Diego / SSI
Presenters: Nichole Mendoza and Jennifer Winberry

North Coastal Education & Advocacy Meeting
January 17th 7-8:30pm
Presenter: Cathryn Nacario, CEO NAMI San Diego
St. Michaels’ Episcopal Church Hall
2775 Carlsbad Boulevard
Carlsbad, 92008
Contact: 760-722-3754

Feb 7, 2019 @ 6pm
I CARE / San Diego Youth Services on Human Trafficking
Presenter: Denise Thompson

Mar 7, 2019
Jewish Family Services (JFS) Patient Advocacy Program
Presenter: Mike Phill

Ending the Silence
NAMI Ending the Silence is a free presentation designed to give audience members an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative Power Point and short videos. There are three types of Ending the Silence presentations: one for Students, one for School Staff, and one for Families. Each presentation outlines symptoms of mental health conditions and gives attendees ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may need support. Additionally, all 3 presentations include personal testimony from a young adult living with a mental health condition and his/her journey to recovery. 

For more information go here
If you you are a student, school staff, or family member and would like to schedule a presentation click here
NAMI Homefront
NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.

The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/ Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions. 

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People choose to  volunteer  for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.

Volunteering with NAMI San Diego is more than just another opportunity. It is becoming a part of the Mental Health Community! With your support we can show that “It’s OK to talk about Mental Illness”

Please fill out the online volunteer application.
To RSVP please email outreach@namisd.org or call Sam Roberts (858) 634-6580 x148 
An Education Program for Families and Friends over the age of 18, who have a loved one also over the age of 18, who lives with a mental health challenge.
NAMI Basics for Parents
NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents under the age of 18 with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13. Participants are asked to attend all 6 classes per session. more info-->>
for Adults 18 & older with loved ones of any age
The purpose of the NAMI San Diego Side by Side program is to connect an individual who lives with a mental health condition with a Companion. Participants and Companions have the opportunity to meet up in the community. Looking for Volunteers!

Support for Families with Youth
Visit the CYFL Website
for newsy updates


NAMI SD’s CYF Liaison offers San Diego parents and caregivers a FREE, open, monthly coaching and support group meeting for parents and caregivers of children and youth (through age 25) living with challenging behaviors, mental and behavioral health concerns.  No parent seeking support will be turned away!

Upcoming Meeting Dates
Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month
6-8 pm

January 16th
Jewish Family Services (JFS) Patient Advocacy Program
Presenter: Mike Phillips

February 20th
Patricia Bosvay on OCD Awareness and what parents can do to help struggling youth

March 20th
April 17th
May 15th
June 19th

Meeting location :
NAMI San Diego
5095 Murphy Canyon Rd, Ste 320
San Diego, 92123
For more information on Child, Youth and Family Liaison Programs,
Live Well in San Diego
News 10 will be airing a Live Well San Diego segment in January about making healthy changes in the new year. Valerie Hebert will talk about self-care surrounding mental health awareness and apps that can help achieve that goal.
N My Shoes
N My Shoes... Is a place where very few wish to be.
But if they were they would understand me.

It seems this is a thing they never want to do.
Because after that visit they'd be lost and know not what to do.

Then I would be asked how I handle it all.
To which I would tell them I roll with it and it's a ball.

For U know no other life or way of thinking then this.
Well enough I'd say nothing to miss.

I know full well every one of my sides.
And until you did this there was no way for me to open your eyes.

Now you’re stuck in the catacombs in my mind where the next is worse than any other.
I tried to warn you and treated you like a brother.

Maybe the next time you think you know me you'll think again.
Though I wish I were more like my twin.

But I'm not in fact we are little alike.
Where he likes to stay at home, in the rain I like to hike.

To all of you who feel I have yet to pay my dues.
Take a walk in my head, or walk a mile... N My Shoes .

~ by Thomas Mattaliano
Careers at NAMI San Diego

We invite you to apply for any of our current employment opportunities . To apply for a position, please email your cover letter and resume to jobs@namisd.org
NAMI San Diego Board of Directors
President, Andy Kaiser
Vice President, Louise Groszkruger
Treasurer, Steve O'Kane
Secretary, Ricardo Soto
Yuliana Gallegos-Rodriguez, Ph.D
Pamela Nichols
Jan Thompson
CEO, Cathryn Nacario
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