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Our Mission.

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

It takes a village.
Be a partner in mental health.

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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...

Stephen Kaplan

“Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) values the guidance, support and education NAMI SMC provides to family members that have a loved one living with a mental illness. BHRS staff regularly refers NAMI recognizing how important families are to the recovery process. Lastly, we appreciate the strong and effective NAMI advocacy on behalf of families and consumers of our services.”

Stephen Kaplan
LCSW Director, Behavioral Health & Recovery Services
San Mateo County

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

Press Releases Mental Health Parity at Risk

New research highlights insurance disparities that prioritize profits over people and jeopardize the wellbeing of Americans with mental health conditions ARLINGTON, Va., June 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, NAMI released a report highlighting the impossible...

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Suicide rates are up 30 percent since 1999, CDC says

Only half of people who died by suicide had diagnosed mental health conditions. Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday. And only about half the people who died by suicide had a known mental health...

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  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until Dec 31, 2018

    NAMI Connections

    For persons working on their wellness and recovery.  Connections provides persons with mental healt...

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day Third of the month, happening 12 times

    NAMI San Mateo Medical Center Support Group

    NAMI San Mateo Medical Center Support Group for family members.  1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30p-8pm....

  • Jun 21, 2018 @ 9:30 am - Jun 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

    Join us for a LEAP Regional Training delivered by Dr. Xavier Amador!

      The LEAP Foundation for Research to Practice is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to serving famil...

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