NAMI Santa Barbara Volunteer Coordinators Will be Calling You

Because your local NAMI has been growing, in membership, in programs and services we offer, and in community events and partnerships in which we participate, we desperately need more volunteers to help us meet all our commitments. For that reason, we now have two “volunteer coordinators” Tom Franklin, and Jason Lehman, (themselves both volunteers) who will be telephoning our members and supporters over the coming weeks in search of volunteers for nearly 20 tasks with which we need help. Many of these opportunities are for tasks taking only an hour or two per month, and a few require more time. We recognize that, for many of us, our ability to commit to volunteer work may be limited, sporadic and sometimes unpredictable - for that reason, we are trying to solicit multiple volunteers for each job, so that one person’s temporary absence won’t jeopardize our ability to complete the task. So, when either Tom or Jason calls, ask them about specific volunteer activities in which you might be interested. Thanks, in advance for helping your local NAMI. For more information, or to discuss the task list, contact Tom Franklin:  

Next NAMI Family to Family Class Set from Wed. Sept. 4 to Wed. Nov. 20, 2019

If you or a friend has a family member living with a mental health disorder, the NAMI Family to Family class can be tremendously helpful in understanding mental illness and how to more effectively cope with the impact on the entire family. Family to Family is a 12 class program taught by specially trained and NAMI certified family members who have dealt with all the issues around mental health disorders in their own families. Past participants have found the program invaluable in helping them not just understand mental health disorders, how they affect the individual who lives with them and their family, but also how to best support both the ill individual and themselves. For more information or to register, contact Family Advocate Ramona Winner: 884-8440, Ext. 3206;

25th Annual Mental Health Arts Festival

The Mental Health Arts Festival is an important and much anticipated event by artists living with mental illness and the Santa Barbara community at large. This year marks the festival's 25th anniversary! This free community event will feature the talent of approximately 70 local artists who will exhibit paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, arts and crafts and much more!

The Mental Wellness Center will also host a table with educational materials for consumers and the general public on mental illness, treatment options, and community resources. We hope to see you at De La Guerra Plaza on July 13th. 

For more information about this year's Mental Health Arts Festival, including how to participate as an artist or how to volunteer, please contact Amanda Conroy, Development & Communications Manager at 805-884-8440 ext. 3298 or

Call for Participants

Mental Health Research Study

We are seeking emerging adults and their parents for an academic research study. Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, often have an impact on the entire family. This study investigates how emerging adults who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder I/II and their parents talk to each other about their journey with a mental health condition.

If you are interested in participating please contact: Please type the words “Mental Health Study” into the subject line. All ages ethnicities and gender expressions are welcome!

  • Be between 18 to 29 years old

  • Have depression or bipolar disorder I/II

  • Have been diagnosed by a mental health professional

  • Have one parent willing to participate with you

  • This parent must be aware of your diagnosis


  • Both people must participate in the survey and study.

  • The study will be conducted three separate times over the course of three months, and requires approximately 1.5 hours total of your time.

    Studies will be conducted via internet in the privacy of your home. Therefore, you must have access to the internet and to Skype/webcam, etc. (Alternative arrangements can also be made in certain situations).

  • Must be willing to be video recorded

The results of your participation will be kept strictly confidential.

Compensation: Each individual will receive $10 for participating in this study ($20) total.

This study will be conducted through the Communication Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is subject to the rules and policies of UCSB Human Subjects Committee. Primary investigator: Callie Parrish, Graduate Student, Department of Communication Co-investigator/Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tamara Afifi, Department of Communication.