Office Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
1150 S. Bascom Ave.
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
There will be no General Meeting in December.
We will resume on Tuesday January 14th, 2014 when Robert Dolci will be speaking on "Finding Low-income Housing in Santa Clara County."
Holiday Gift Project 2013
Our annual Holiday Gift Drive is coming right up. Last year we distributed gift bags to approximately 500 consumers. About 100 of the gift bags included $5 gift certificates. The certificates were so popular that we’d like to increase the number to 200 this year. We’re looking for gift certificates from such places as: Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Peets, McDonalds and Burger King.
In addition to gift certificates, we are asking for the following: Socks — Scarves — Winter Hats — Gloves — Power Bars — Notebooks — Pens — 2014 Calendars — Toiletries.
When you make your purchases, please remember that we serve both men and women, typically more men.
- Mon., Dec. 2: Please bring your donations to the office by this date. Monetary donations are most needed.
- Sat., Dec. 7 at noon: Planning Session at the NAMI office. If you are interested in participating, call the NAMI office and provide your name and contact info.
- Sat., Dec. 14: From 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. Santa’s Workshop will be looking for elves.
Please call the office to sign up for a shift for an hour or two.
See the flyer.
Peer Pals Interview on Channel 2 News
NAMI 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."
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.
NAMIWalk SF Bay Area—10 Years Old…
Saturday May 31st, 2014
Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Save the date for our 10th Anniversary NAMIWALK SF Bay Area! That's Saturday, May 31st, 2014, in Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park.
Further details at www.namiwalksfbay.org, then Register to Walk, Donate to your favorite Walker, or Support Our Walk. (Hint: Walkers from last year, Log In before you Register. Forgot Username/Password? Simply click on "Forgot..." and then check your email. They'll be there.)
Questions? Call the NAMI Santa Clara County office Warmline (408-453-0400) or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll find answers for you.
Adopt-A-Program NAMI SCC's New Fundraising Campaign
NAMI SCC has just rolled out a new campaign, called "Adopt-A-Program," to address the needs of our growing affiliate, in large part due to the demand for our support groups and education programs. Even though we offer all of our services for no fee to anyone living with mental illness and their families, we have increasing costs for trainings, supplies, compensation for teachers and presenters, as well as our office space where many of our programs take place. This fundraising campaign will allow us to continue to grow.
We have set $150,000 as our goal, and as you can see from the thermometer, we are approximately one-third of the way there. Won't you consider "adopting-a-program" too? Any amount donated is appreciated; and it is also tax deductible.
Click here to read the details...
Please Join Us for some informal FUN!
Consumer group activities flyer.
Connect 2 U Social Group
Consumers, Families and Friends Social Group meet for board games, card games, light refreshments, conversation and FUN!
Time: 2 - 4 PM
Date: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month
Location: NAMI Office
Contact: Mary Lou Snowden (408)741-1413
NAMI SC Nature Walks & Hikes—For Consumers, Families and Friends
Contact: Joe Flood (408)-529-5369
Please join us for informal NAMI Santa Clara Walks and Hikes.
When: 9:OO AM to 11:00 AM 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturdays 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 2013:
January 21: Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
February 18: Washington's Birthday
May 27: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
September 2: Labor Day
November 11: Veterans Day
November 28: Thanksgiving Day
November 29: Day after Thanksgiving
December 25: Christmas
MY FAMILY MEMBER HAS BEEN ARRESTED—WHAT DO I DO?
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:
Getting hygiene supplies & snacks for your loved one.
There is a service that delivers approved items to jails and prisons. The Internet site is:
The site will ask for your loved one's PFN and name. You can order kits of foods & personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, etc.) and your loved one will receive it in a fewdays. There's a limit of $50.00/week.
As far as food within the prison, there is a "commissary" service. Look on the SCC Dept. of Corrections web site for "Visiting," then "Money Orders." You can send your loved one money, but
follow the listed rules to make sure your loved one actually gets it.
NEWS And Views
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.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the launch of MentalHealth.gov 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.
Dr. Saad A. Shakir
Dr Shakir spoke at our Jan. 2013 general meeting about trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, the latest FDA-approved treatment for depression.
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 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 www.SSDRC.com, 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
StrengthofUs.org, 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, StrengthofUs.org 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.