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Save the date for NAMI SMC's 50th Anniversary Gala on April 27th!

Join our 2024 NAMIWalks Committee!

We are looking for passionate people to join our 2024 NAMIWalks Committee. The NAMIWalks Committee is responsible for planning and making the event the best it can be. Being part of the committee means being part of change, creating community, and making a positive impact on mental health for all. If you are interested in joining, please fill out the form below.

"We Heal Better Together" (WHBT)

Join NAMI’s new African Ancestry/Black Connection Recovery Support Group! This peer-led group is designed for support individuals experiencing mental health challenges. The group will take place in-person in East Palo Alto on the 4th Tuesday of every month.

Teen & Young Adult Helpline

NAMI is proud to introduce the Teen & Young Adult (T&YA) HelpLine: A free nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals, and support to teens and young adults.

 

Our Mission.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy.

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Education

NAMI Education courses are designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members and for themselves…

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Support

NAMI Support groups are designed for family members, caregivers and individuals living with mental illness.  Our groups are designed for those hoping to gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

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Advocacy

NAMI is a strong voice on mental illness; carrying out ongoing advocacy for a public policy agenda to improve mental health services throughout our county, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and support effective treatment and recovery programs.

What people are saying...

Jim Coffman

“Next to County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, NAMI is the third leg of the stool in the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program since 2005.  CIT has trained over 500 first responders that have the knowledge and skills to deal more effectively with people in a mental health crisis. I have personally referred many families to NAMI chapters in the Bay Area in order to help them deal with the life changing events when a loved one suffers their first break.  NAMI is an invaluable resource to law enforcement in San Mateo County.”

Jim Coffman
Detective, Psychiatric Emergency Response Team San Mateo County

Calvin Shelton

“NAMI San Mateo gave me a chance to grow. I dealt with a diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia most of my life, and since taking the NAMI Peer-to-Peer class, I am now a Peer Mentor and their lead co-teacher. With the help of NAMI SMC, I have developed my leadership abilities and am a valued team member.”

Calvin Shelton
Redwood City

Teresa Walker

“I am one of the original founders of NAMI which started here in San Mateo County.  We called ourselves AMI (Alliance for the Mentally Ill) before the organization went national. At 90 years old, I am proud to be a member of NAMI SMC. Keep up the good work! Thanks for doing what you are doing.”

Teresa Walker — On Sept 9, 2017 our longtime friend and past NAMI SMC Board President past away at 92 years young.  Over the years, Terry worked tirelessly in a variety of capacities in the mental illness arena.  We salute Terry for her many contributions and appreciate all she has done for our community within NAMI SMC and in the mental health community; increasing awareness, supporting families and improving services!  Terry will be greatly missed!

Gina Olinger

“I’m really glad that I took the NAMI Peer-to-Peer class. Within 10 weeks I was able to get lots of new information and learn new techniques that I now use to make progress in my recovery.”

Gina Olinger, San Carlos

NAMI California is proud to support Proposition 1

and the meaningful investment in our state’s behavioral health system to modernize the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and prioritize funding for individuals living with serious mental illness.   Our voice was instrumental in getting the MHSA passed in 2004, and...

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