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 Spring 2019

Next NAMI Family to Family Class Set to Begin Wednesday, February 4, 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.

Suicide Attempt Survivors Support Group Now Forming

This is an opportunity for individuals who’ve made a suicide attempt to join with others to meet safely, share thoughts/feelings, develop new coping methods, learn about community resources, and to discuss and learn alternative ways to ease the pain.  The group is for adults (18 or older) and will be facilitated by a licensed clinician and a peer mentor.  It’s anticipated that the group begin with an open session on Tuesday November 6 after which the subsequent 7 Tuesday sessions in the cycle will be closed.  The group will meet at the New Beginnings Center, 155 Granada St, Suite N, in Camarillo (just off Southbound Carmen Dr. Exit from 101).  Each session will cost $55 (sliding scale available), which is reimbursable by most PPO insurance plans.  Plans are to offer this 8 session group on a recurring basis with future dates to be announced.  For more information or schedule an intake consultation by phone, contact Grant La Vigna, MFT, (805) 987-3162, ext.3 or grantlavignamft@gmail.com