Contact Us

Office Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

New Address:

1150 S. Bascom Ave.
Suite 24
San Jose, CA 95128

Ph. (408) 453-0400
Fax (408) 453-2100


NAMI Santa Clara County

Supporting — Educating — Comforting — Understanding
people with mental illness and their families

General Meeting

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Presentation of Documentary The Shaken Tree: Families Living with Mental Illness
Presenter: Diana Guido — Behavioral Health Department’s Office of Family
Where: Good Samaritan Hospital Auditorium
Good Samaritan Hospital,
2425 Samaritan Drive, San Jose.
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm


Know the Five Signs

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of San Jose is offering a Depression Community Education Program in conjunction with Michelle Obama's recent Campaign to Change Direction. The program provides educational videos that cover a basic exploration of depression as well as an open dialogue for individuals experiencing the many facets of depression.

The event will be held at WestGate Church (Saratoga Campus Gym) on Monday, April 27 at 7PM.

NAMIWalk SF Bay Area

Saturday May 30th, 2015
Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park

Save the date for NAMIWALK SF Bay Area! That's Saturday, May 30th, 2015, in Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park.

Further details at, then Register to Walk, Donate to your favorite Walker, or Support Our Walk. (Hint: Walkers from last year, Log In before you Register.)

Looking for a Santa Clara NAMIWalk Team? Here's the list.

Questions? Call the NAMI Santa Clara County office Warmline (408-453-0400) or email and we'll find answers for you.

Shop at Amazon and Donate to NAMI Santa Clara County

Click the banner above and log in using your Amazon account and your future purchases (all year) will give back 0.5% to NAMI Santa Clara County. A wonderful way to donate to our organization through Amazon! We know we're a little late getting this posted, but Amazon Smile works all year round, so no worries!

Peer Pals Featured in SJ Mercury News Wish Book

Our Peer Pals program is featured in this year's San Jose Mercury News Wish Book. Read the article: "Mentoring program helps mentally ill restore social connections."

Peer Pals Interview on Channel 2 News

Donate buttonNAMI Santa Clara's Peer Pals program was featured on Channel 2 News, Sep. 17th. This program, unique to NAMI Santa Clara County, matches mentors with peer consumers who can use the support of someone who has "been there."

Peer Pals interview on Channel 2 News

VA Outreach Project

NAMI and the VA have embarked on a project to work together to help veterans and their families. Watch the 15 minute video presentation produced by NAMI Santa Clara that provides resources and education about the various types of mental illness and the services we offer.

VA Outreach Video

Please Join Us for some informal FUN!

Consumer group activities flyer.

NAMI SC Nature Walks & Hikes—For Consumers, Families and Friends

Walking on Trails

Contact: Dave Family (408) 946-4379

Please join us for informal NAMI Santa Clara Walks and Hikes.

When: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM 1st Sunday each month.

Where: Meet at Campbell Park near the Playground area. Everyone might consider having a suitable breakfast before and we will provide light snacks and bottled water for the walks and hike.

Shoes & what to wear: Dress accordingly, wear layered clothing if cold. Good walking, running or hiking shoes are best.

Directions: Campbell Park is located intersection of Campbell & Gilman Avenues, between Downtown Campbell and Highway 17.

Parking: In the parking area or on the street

Public Transportation: Light Rail to Down town Campbell . Then east on Campbell Avenue a few blocks to the Park.

Holiday Office Hours

The NAMI office will be closed on the following holidays in 2015:

January 1: New Year’s Day
January 19: Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
February 16: Washington's Birthday
May 25: Memorial Day
July 3: Independence Day
September 7: Labor Day
November 11: Veterans Day
November 26: Thanksgiving Day
November 27: Day after Thanksgiving
December 25: Christmas


Despite the good efforts of CIT trained police officers, sometimes our family member's illness causes behavior that leads to arrest. NAMI SCC has an up-to-date guide to assist families when a loved one who suffers from a biological brain disorder is in the Santa Clara County criminal justice system.

Read the guide.

Inmate medication form.

Public Defender fact sheet.

Clients with Mental Health Issues from the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender.

Contacts in the Public Defender's Office:

Site Map

NAMI SCC factsheet
NAMI SCC Factsheet

NEWS And Views

Depression, the Secret We Share

Andrew Solomon gives an excellent TED Talk on his experience of depression.

When Mental Illness Enters the Family

Dr Lloyd Sederer discusses the four things we all must know to help our loved ones struggling with mental illness.

Balancing Work, Medication And Mental Illness

Dr. Elyn Saks talks on National Public Radio about work and mental illness: "I think it's a mistake prematurely to tell people [with mental illness] to lower their sights, lower their expectations."

The New Health Care Law

NAMI has produced a series of fact sheets on the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") with particular emphasis on mental heath.

Confessions of a Depressed Comic

Kevin Breel, a 19-year old comedian, gives an uplifting TED Talk on his experience of depression and stigma.

Dealing with Cognitive Dysfunction

New York State Office of Mental Health has produced an excellent handbook for families and friends of individuals with psychiatric disorders about dealing with the cognitive dysfunction often associated with psychiatric disabilities. Website

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the launch of as an online resource for people looking for information about mental health. This website provides information about the signs of mental illness, how individuals can seek help, and how communities can host conversations about mental health. The website also features videos from a number of individuals sharing their stories about mental illness, recovery, and hope.

Successful and Schizophrenic

Here is an excellent article in the New York Times by Elyn Saks, an accomplished law professor at University of Southern California, who has schizophrenia.


Voices4Hope is a place for teenagers and young adults with mental health challenges to talk with each other and gain access to information that will help them live happily and independently. You can also learn about new research that is being conducted for people like you and discuss and bring up new ideas in the minds of young adults.

I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help

In this online video of a lecture given by Dr. Xavier Amador, author of "I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help," he discusses the 40% of those with mental illness that lack insight regarding their illness and what we can do to help.

Also Dr. Amador has an excellent shorter video explaining lack of insight. Further videos are available at his website.

Jennifer's Blog

Jennifer was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2002, and recently started writing a blog about her illness. The blog allows her to get her thoughts (and voices) out of her head and onto "paper", so that what she experiences is more concrete and clear to her and to those she share my life with. She would like share her blog with others in order to offer insight, support, and encouragement. We are not alone, and it helps to know that there are others out there who know what it's like to face symptoms on a daily or weekly basis.

Social Security Disability—Q&A

Questions about Social Security Benefits? The website, written by a former disability examiner, addresses many of questions that arise naturally from claimants and their families. There is also a special link, that specifically pertains to bipolar disorder.

NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults, is a new online community where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25. Developed by young adults, is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers, share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news.

Glenn Close Fights Stigma

Bring Change 2 Mind is a new global anti-stigma campaign where you can see videos of many people sharing their story including Glenn Close and her sister Jessie who has bipolar disorder. If you have a video camera, log in and share yor own story. Here is an interview with Glenn and Jessie about the campaign on ABC news.

How to Help Your Ill Family Member

Much misinformation exists regarding the legal requirements for communication between mental health providers and family members of a person with a mental illness. In order to correct that misinformation, the County Mental Health Department, NAMI SCC, and a consumer group have developed a one-page summary of California's legal requirements. Among those is that consideration must be given to relevant evidence presented by family members and to the historical course of a person's illness. Two pages of forms have been developed which help family members present this information in a comprehensive, yet succinct way.

Network of Care Online Resources

Network of Care is a website where consumers, community-based organizations and municipal government workers can access a wide variety of mental health information. It includes a service directory, a library, a political advocacy tool, and community message boards. In particular, the "My Folder" section of the site, has WRAP training by Mary Ellen Copeland, that now allows all consumers the ability to do a WRAP plan.