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NAMIWalks San Mateo County on October 5th, 2024!

Join our annual mental health awareness event, NAMIWalks San Mateo County, on October 5th at Seal Point Park, San Mateo. Together we can spread mental health awareness, break the stigma, and raise funds for our free mental health services! Click the button below to learn more and create a team, join a team, or come as an individual participant. We hope to see you there!

A Night to Remember: NAMI SMC's 50th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, April 27th was a night to remember as we were gathered with our community members to celebrate NAMI SMC’s 50th Annversary. We extend or deepest gratitude to everyone who joined us in this celebration, whether in person or in spirit. Your support and dedication have been instrumental in our journey this far, and we look forward to continuing our work together in the years to come. Here’s to 50 years of making a difference—and to many more to come!

Join NAMI's Youth Advisory Council!

NAMI’s YAC is a group of youth who are passionate about mental health advocacy and are looking to create change in their community. The YAC is led by youth for youth and has the freedom to create their own initiatives that they feel will benefit San Mateo County. If you are ages 15-21 and interested in joining please fill out the application! 

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 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month 6p-7:30p via Zoom!

If you would like to be added to our NAMI Connection’s distribution list please email us to be added to the group! 

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.


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

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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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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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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

San Mateo County one of the first to launch CARE Court.

San Mateo County is among the first in the state to debut CARE Court, a program that hopes to address homelessness among those with severe psychiatric disorders, after it started taking enrollment on Monday. Established under Senate Bill 1338, the Community...

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