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:

June 18 - Managing Violent or Disruptive Behavior
June 25 - Dealing with HIPPA While Communicating with Mental Health Professional

July 2 - What to do when Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Co-occur
July 9 - How to Help Ill Relative Overcome Isolation
July 16 - Planning Activities with Your Ill Relative      
July 23 - How to Recognize Signs of Relapse and Help Ill Relative Head it Off
July 30 - How to Deal with the lack of Insight (Anosognosia) in Ill Relative

August 7 - Understand Public and Private Mental Health Systems in Santa Barbara County
August 14 - Understand How “Well” Siblings of an Ill Person are Impacted and What Parents Can Do
August 21 - Set Limits on Behavior of a Relative Living With a Mental Health Disorder
August 28 - Plan for and Discuss End of Life Issues with Your “Ill” and “Well” Family Members

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 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;



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.