Family Member Educational Discussion Group

This group explores various issues and topics of interest to families of people living with mental health disorders, choosing a single specific topic for discussion each week. The group is facilitated by experienced family members who are also NAMI Certified Family to Family* Class Teachers. Each week’s discussion is guided by a handout of source materials which are briefly discussed by facilitators then followed by an open discussion among participants. The group meets from 7:00- 8:30 pm every Tuesday in the NAMI conference room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. Weekly topics for each month are released the second week of the preceding month. 

Sessions are free, open to the public, and don’t require advanced registration.  For more information, contact Tom Franklin.

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Family Advocate

The Family Advocate is a trained family member familiar with issues faced by families impacted by mental health disorders. The Family Advocate can assist families who are trying to understand and deal with the impact of serious mental health disorders on their family. The advocate provides assistance in understanding and navigating the local public and private mental health systems and how to access various clinical and support services available in our community and can also offer one-on-one support in times of crisis. Services are available in English or Spanish by telephone or by appointment during regular business hours. These free services are available, for more information, contact Ramona Winner, at 805-884-8440 (ext) 3206 or rwinner@mentalwellnesscenter.org.

Share and Care Support Group (English language)

This group offers understanding support and information to friends and families of people living with serious mental health disorders. The group is facilitated by a trained and experienced family member. Participants have the opportunity, if they wish, to share their current situation with the group, who often have experienced similar issues and who can offer understanding, comfort and support. If requested the group can also often offer resources, ideas or suggestions which they have found helpful. The group meets from 6:00-7:30 pm on Thursday evenings (except 4th Thursday when NAMI Membership Meeting is held 7:00-8:30). The location of the meeting is in the conference room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St.  Santa Barbara.

Share and Care Support Group (Spanish language)

This group offers understanding, support and information to friends and families of people living with serious mental health disorders and is facilitated by a trained and experienced family member who also has an in depth understanding of Latino cultures. The group provides participants with the chance to share their current situation in a safe and confidential environment among other people who understand and are empathetic. If requested, the group can also offer helpful ideas, resources or suggestions which they have found helpful. The group meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Club on the first floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara.