Notes from 2019 NAMI National Conference in Seattle, June 19–22

NAMI Leadership Summit: Forging Our Future – Unveiling of NAMI’s new five-year strategic plan (2020-2025): Created with stakeholder input to align the 600+ affiliates and built on NAMI’s current roles of establishing a nationwide community of individuals/families affected by mental illness, providing education/support to them, advocating for equity/inclusion/quality care, and leading the conversation to foster greater awareness/understanding in larger community. 

Vision Statement:“NAMI envisions a world where all who are affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.” 

Mission Statement: ”NAMI provides advocacy, education, support, public awareness so all affected by mental illness can live better lives.” 

Values:Hope, Inclusion, Empowerment, Compassion, Fairness. 

Goals: Get people help early; get people best possible care; divert people from criminal justice involvement.

Affirmation: Everything we do is “peer informed” 

Accelerators driving our work:  Diversity/Inclusion, Technology, Partnerships, Financial Strength.

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Educational Family Discussion Group Topics

Topics for Upcoming 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. Santa Barbara, 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.  Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide. These sessions are free and don’t require advanced registration.

Upcoming topics are:

September 3 - Understanding the Role of Music in Recovery
September 10 - Recognizing the Early Signs of Mental Health Disorders and What to Do
September 17 - Understanding Medications Used in Mental Health Disorders
September 24 - Setting Limits

October 1 - Communicating Negative Feelings to Your Loved One
October 8 - Understanding What it Might be Like When Your Loved One Hears Voices
October 15 - Understand and Encourage Recovery for Your Loved One
October 22 - Recognize and Get Help for Metabolic Syndrome
October 29 - How to Select a Psychiatrist

For more information contact Tom Franklin,

Please submit your ideas for topics/speakers for monthly NAMI “Speaker” meeting to

What Topics around mental illness or mental health would you like to know more about?  The whole purpose of our monthly speaker program is to provide interesting and important information about topics of interest to our members.  Please take a few minutes to send us any recommendations you have and we’ll do our best to create a program to address the topic.  Please send your thoughts to:

Mental Wellness Center
617 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

NAMI Monthly Speaker Meeting

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Fellowship Club at the Mental Wellness Center 617 Garden Street, Santa Barbara
Free – Open to Public

Please join us for coffee and dessert at 6:30 pm; Program at 7:00

Topic: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in the Treatment of Mental Health Disorders 

Speakers: Dustin Sanchez, M.D. Medical Director, Pulse TMS
Amanda Urban, Director of Operations, Pulse TMS 

Dr. Sanchez, who is board certified in both Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry, and Ms. Urban will discuss the use of this non-invasive non-medication treatment which is FDA approved for treatment of Depressive Disorders. TMS has been demonstrated to be effective in the long-termrelief of symptoms of depression, sometimes even with a single cycle of treatment. Join us to learn about this novel approach to treatment of one of the most common and serious mental disorders. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

For more information: contact Ramona Winner, Family Advocate at 884-8440, ext. 3206;