Peer-to Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an 8-session recovery-focused course for adults with mental health conditions. Beginning March 1, 2019 on Fridays from 2:00-4:00 pm. This free and confidential opportunity offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope.

Educational Family Discussion Group

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the NAMI Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder.


4th Thursday evening each month (except Aug. Nov. & Dec)
Fellowship Club at the Mental Wellness Center
First floor, 617 Garden Street, Santa Barbara

TOPIC: Mental Health Crisis Services in Santa Barbara County

Speaker: John Winckler, Manager, Crisis Services, Santa Barbara County Dept. of Behavioral Wellness

What do I do if my loved one experiences a mental health crisis? How does 5150 process (involuntary inpatient evaluation) work? Who do I call? Will my loved one get arrested instead of treatment? What if 5150 process doesn’t result in a “hold”? These are all questions families have and which will be addressed in the presentation. An overview of the new Crisis Services “Hub” at 315 Camino Del Remedio will also be presented, highlighting the Crisis Stabilization unit, Mobile Crisis Team, referral to Crisis Residential program and other services available. Q &A session will follow presentation.

Free – Open to the Public
Please join us for coffee and dessert at 6:30 pm; Program at 7:00 pm

NAMI Provides the Following Programs:

Family support groups meet weekly. Family advocate meets one-on-one by appointment to listen and to refer to community resources. Services are free.

Monthly speaker meetings. Weekly meetings on relevant mental health topics. Free 12-week Family-to-Family education seminar on understanding mental illness and coping with family issues.

Members represent NAMI's positions to public officials, mental health professionals, and community members, by communicating, attending meetings, and participating in public forums.