March 2019 Newsletter
NAMI San Diego is looking for HEROES
for NAMIWalks/Runs San Diego County

6 Easy Ways You can be a NAMIWalks HERO!
  1. Become a NAMIWalks Sponsor! More info  Sign-up(online)
  2. Participate in the Wellness Expo! Sign-up(online) Sign-up(pdf)
  3. Start a NAMIWalks Team! Register
  4. Volunteer on Event Day! Register
  5. Walk with us! Register
  6. Donate to NAMIWalks! Donate
Mentally Healthy Workplaces Event
Cathryn Nacario, NAMI San Diego CEO, was the guest speaker at the San Diego Rotary Event in January. She spoke about the basics of what mental illness is, and what it is not, focusing on dispelling myths and stigma as it pertains to creating a mentally healthy workplace environment.
Education & Advocacy
Education & Advocacy (E&A) 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.
Mar 7, 2019
Jewish Family Services (JFS) Patient Advocacy Program
Presenter: Mike Phillips
North County E&A Meeting
March 21, 2019 7:00pm-8:30pm
St. Michael’s by the Sea Episcopal Church
2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad
  Presenter: Mark Sellers, Director of Public Administration,
Health & Human Services
Helpline Numbers
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 and Caregivers 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 for Parents and Caregivers 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. I nterest lists now forming for North County Coastal and Central San Diego regions.
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


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
6:00pm - 8:00pm

March 20th
Overdose Prevention & Response Training:
Learn How to Save a Life with Naloxone 
presented by:
A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing)

April 17th
May 15th
June 19th

Meeting location :
NAMI San Diego
5095 Murphy Canyon Rd, Ste 320
San Diego, 92123
Naloxone saves lives! Any family member of a loved one who struggles with opioid use should be trained in Naloxone application. On Wednesday evening, March 20, 2019, A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) brings this important training to NAMI San Diego families during the second half of the PEP (Parents Empowering Parents) support meeting. Every home, sober living environment, rehab facility, school, and those living behind bars should have access to this life saving drug. Join us on March 20th to receive this important training and receive a Narcan Spray kit. 

Limited Spaces! 
RSVP saves seat!
Limit of 1 kit per Family
Principles of Family Youth Professional Partnerships (PFYPP)
is a 1 hour online course for those interested in learning the roles of
Family Youth Partners within the Children's System of Care.
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 or call Sam Roberts (858) 634-6580 x148 
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.
Everyone is welcome to this incredible 1-day mental health event with keynote speaker, Kay Warren. The goal of the Summit is to educate, equip, and encourage anyone personally struggling with, or whose loved ones are struggling with, mental health issues. Learn from local mental health professionals on a variety of categories.
S aturday, March 9, 2019
8:00am - 5:00pm
La Jolla Presbyterian Church
7715 Draper Avenue La Jolla, CA, 92037
( map )
April  14, 2019  

Raise awareness of teenage mental health

A fun, family-friendly race is perfect for all ages and abilities. Get together with friends, family, and coworkers as we “SpeakUp” together. 

A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to Rady Children’s Hospital to support its children’s mental health initiative.
The 4th Annual Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference in San Diego, CA. We live in a changing world with unique challenges. This is an exceptional conference born from a collaborative approach with contributions from San Diego Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, San Diego Psychiatric Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, CA 3, San Diego Psychological Association, San Diego Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, County of San Diego, and clinicians practicing in the County of San Diego.
A Conference for Military & Veteran Families
Southern Caregiver Resource Center is hosting the "Strong Caregiver, Stronger Families” Conference for military and veteran families:
  Friday, March 8th, 2019
9:30am – 2:30pm
Chinese Community Church
4998 Via Valarta, San Diego, 92124

We will have fantastic speakers, community resources, breakfast & lunch, prizes and more! And the best part, this amazing conference is  FREE!

Learn about:
  • Operation Family Caregiver Program
  • Hear from experts about improving sleep patterns following TBI or PTSD
  • Learn about specialized apps and technology that can help when you live with PTSD
  • Meet other military and veteran caregivers and families
Setting expectations may help people reach out for help.   USA TODAY   spoke with the Lifeline's director John Draper and communications director Frances Gonzalez about what happens when a person calls 800-273-TALK (8255).
A new study out today in Neuron shows how a type of brain cell–VIP cells–affects navigation through our physical world as well as navigation through our memories. The delicate interplay between VIP cells and their neural cohorts may shine a spotlight on serious neuropsychiatric disorders as well as a unifying theory of mind (how the experience of your mental life corresponds to your brain activity).
Image of the mouse hippocampus. VIP interneurons are labeled red while other
neurons innervating VIP cells are labeled green
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
NAMI San Diego Board of Directors
President, Ricardo Soto
Vice President, Pamela Nichols
Secretary, Louise Groszkruger
Treasurer, Steve O'Kane
Past President, Andy Kaiser
Aaron Byzak
Yuliana Gallegos-Rodriguez, Ph.D
Jan Thompson
CEO, Cathryn Nacario

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