Participate in NAMI California's Stakeholder Survey

NAMI CA is undertaking a survey of family members 

"to improve community mental health outcomes; such as access to care, consumer and family experience of care, and advocacy for increased research to uncover causes and new, effective treatment. "  They are soliciting wide participation in this as well as a diversity survey.  See

NAMI Santa Barbara Graduates First Peer to Peer Class – Second Class Planned for Fall 2019

On April 19, at the Mental Wellness Center, sixteen participants celebrated their successful completion of the first NAMI Peer to Peer class here, which was observed with a presentation ceremony at which they each received a course completion certificate from Peer to Peer teachers Nick Papageorge and Michelle Williams. The ceremony was followed by a graduation party and luncheon provided by NAMI Santa Barbara. Post course evaluations completed by these graduates were universally positive – some of the comments:

“I realize that my illness is real, but not my fault! .... I am in recovery at last.

“I am planning to use my smart goal worksheet on a weekly basis to track my progress and accomplishments.”

“The guest speaker opened my awareness to see that people w/mental illness can be functional and accomplish goals.”

“I can now reach out to others better.”

“I plan to get more exercise on a regular basis, eat vegetables more often, pray more, and work on relaxation techniques I learned.”

“When we shared our stories, I felt less alone in my mental health struggle.”

“The class leaders were challenging, communicative, astute – willing to self-share; aware, alert to participants – and friendly.”

The next eight-week Peer to Peer class is being planned for Fall, 2019, so if you are someone, or know someone living with a mental health condition who wants to understand their condition better and learn coping and/or recovery skills in a safe, friendly and supportive environment, this free course may be for you! For more information or to have your name placed on a list to be contacted when class forms, email George Kaufmann or call NAMI at the Mental Wellness Center: 805-884-8440 ext. 3206. 

2019 National NAMI Convention Returns to the West Coast

The Hyatt Regency Seattle will host this year’s convention on June 19-22. As in previous years the sessions, workshops and plenaries will be chocked full of useful information on all aspects of mental health, with this year’s highlight being a full day workshop on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis. Discounted airfares on Alaska Airlines are available out of Santa Barbara Airport. At least fourmembers of our local Santa Barbara NAMI have already registered, so if you go, you’ll see at least several friendly faces. Early Bird rates, NAMI membership discounts, and $159/night hotel rates (up to four people per room) are available until mid-April. For more information go to   

Full Agenda Released for 2019 NAMI California Conference on

Andres F. Sciolla, M.D. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at UC Davis will be NAMI CA’s Keynote speaker on the topic of Resilience Education and Supportive Tools for Recovering from Trauma. Other presentations and workshops will cover topics ranging from Compassion Fatigue in Caregivers to Improving Crisis Response to Accessibility to Mental Health Services, and to a NAMI Advocacy Report from NAMI National’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Andrew Sperling J.D. If you’ve never been to a NAMI meeting outside of Santa Barbara, here’s your chance to do so at a great location fairly close by and for a fairly reasonable cost. This year’s conference will be at the Newport Beach Marriott on May 31-June 1. NAMI members earn a $35 discount to normal registration rate. Rooms at the conference hotel are also discounted while supplies last. For more information, go to