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NAMI SMC – 45th Anniversary

We know that when we all stand together, we can help build better lives for those impacted by mental illness. 

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.

  • Sep 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

    NAMIWalks Silicon Valley! Join Us

    As NAMIWalks turns Sweet 17, we invite you to take part in NAMI’S largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in the country! When you walk with NAMIWalks Silicon V...

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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

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  • Sep 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until Jan 27, 2020

    NAMI Connections

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

  • Sep 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day First of the month, repeating until Jan 7, 2020

    An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Jan 21, 2020

    NAMI San Mateo Medical Center

    For Family Members. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. 222 W. 39th Avenue and Edison, San Mateo. Board ...

  • Sep 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

    NAMIWalks Silicon Valley! Join Us

    As NAMIWalks turns Sweet 17, we invite you to take part in NAMI’S largest and most successful ...

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