March - April 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, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.

Upcoming topics are:

March 26 - Understanding the role of Empathy in Mental Health Recovery

April 2 - Understanding New Technologies for Mental Health Treatment - Daniel Amen YouTube
April 9 - Understand Mental Illness Through Eyes of Ill Person
April 16 - How to Communicate with Psychotic, Agitated Person
April 23 - How to Elicit Cooperation from Ill Relative
April 30 - How to Practice Self-Care

For more information contact Tom Franklin,

We Need Your Ideas for Topics/Speakers for Monthly NAMI “Speaker” Meeting

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 February Speaker Meeting

Thursday, February 28, 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: 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.

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

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



First NAMI Santa Barbara Peer to Peer Class Enrolling NOW!

Our first NAMI Peer to Peer class will begin on Friday, March 1 at the Mental Wellness Center. The class consists of 8 weekly two hour sessions designed to provide resources, information and skills around mental health conditions and how to recover from them. Participants will receive respect, understanding, encouragement and hope allowing each person to build on his/her personal strength and resilience in pursuit of recovery. NAMI Peer to Peer shares much of the philosophy of NAMI’s most successful educational offering: Family to Family. The main difference is that Peer to Peer is designed specifically for those living with mental health conditions and can only be taught by specially trained and certified peer mentors who themselves live with mental health conditions.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an 8-session recovery-focused course for adults with mental health conditions.

  • Free and confidential

  • Held weekly for two hours

  • Led by peers with mental health conditions

  • A great resource for information on mental health and recovery

  • Offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope

  • Builds on the strength and resilience of participants

NAMI Southern Santa Barbara Co., the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer NAMI Peer-to-Peer on Fridays from 2:00-4:00 pm beginning March 1.


For more information about the class or to inquire about attending, contact George Kaufmann at or 805-565-4960.