Will You Be a “Secret Santa” for a Fellowship Club Recovery Learning Center Member?

Once again NAMI members and supporters have the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit by agreeing to purchase a $20 gift for one or more of our 200+ Fellowship Club members.  Each member has created a holiday “wish list” of items they would like to receive.  All you have to do is contact Nick Pappageorge (npappageorge@mentalwellnesscenter.org ) to obtain a wish list for one or more members.  Then you purchase the item, wrap it, and deliver it to the reception desk at MWC by December 15.  This is a great program and one which, for some of our members may be one of the few or only gifts they will be receiving.

Fellowship Club Thanksgiving Dinner and December Holiday Dinner Needs Volunteers

The annual Thanksgiving and December Holiday celebrations at the Fellowship Club will take place at noon on November 20 and December 20 respectively and volunteers are needed to help in preparation, serving, and/or clean up at these celebrations which are among the high points of the year for our members.  If you’d like to volunteer or want more information, contact Fellowship Club Manager, Nick Pappageorge (npappageorge@mentalwellnesscenter.org)

NAMI Family to Family Class Starting February 6, 2019

Next NAMI Family to Family Class Set to Begin Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Check out this video about Family-to=Family

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 for the class, contact:

Ramona Winner, Family Advocate
NAMI Southern Santa Barbara County
Mental Wellness Center
617 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


NAMI/MWC Hosts Intimate Meeting of Local Mental Health Leaders with Kay Redfield Jamison, MD

At the invitation of the UICSB Arts & Lecture Series, NAMI President George Kaufmann facilitated an invitation only discussion of critical issues facing young people experiencing mental health difficulties and their families with author and leading national expert on suicide and mood disorders, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison. Dr. Redfield Jamison is Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and author of “Unquiet Mind” an autobiographical account of her personal battle with bipolar disorder and suicidal ideation, who was in town to speak at the UCSB Arts & Lecture Series.   Local participants included leaders from provider organizations as well as mental health professionals from both public and private mental health systems.  Topics discussed included the alarming increase in teen suicides and barriers to care experienced by these young individuals and their families.  The discussion resulted in all the participants learning something about what’s being done here and elsewhere about these critical issues.