General Meeting, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

General Meeting, Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Dr. Nolan Williams, Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation Therapy People with severe depression are experiencing hopeful results with brain-stimulation treatment Our February speaker, Dr. Nolan Williams, a psychiatrist and neurologist, is the director of Stanford’s Brain Stimulation Laboratory. Dr. Williams and his associate, Dr. Keith Sudheimer, are conducting a unique…


Meeting on suicide prevention policies

Meeting on suicide prevention policies for Gilroy and Morgan Hill Please check back using these links for more information as it is updated.  (POSTPONED) Gilroy meets starting at 6 pm at 7351 Rosanna St, Gilroy, CA 95020 Click for Location: Gilroy City Councll Meeting Morgan Hill meets on February 7 starting at 7 pm at 17555 Peak Avenue • Morgan Hill, CA 95037 Click for…


Join us for Family to Family Classes starting the week of Jan 8th!

NAMI Family-to-Family is an 11 week educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness, facilitated by a trained family member or caregiver with lived experience.  Classes are normally offered in the Winter (January), Spring and Fall (September). Classes start the week of January 8th! Please contact the Warmline/Help Desk to get…


General Meeting, Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Our January 2018 speaker, Michael Mantz, MD, MH, will be discussing the latest science on what goes into creating a strong brain, mind and nervous system. He will talk about how recent scientific evidence demonstrates that what we eat, how we sleep, who we connect with, how we feel, and how we move our bodies…


End of Year Letter

The end of the year letter (EOY) is here – please read and share with others! We do appreciate each and every one of our NAMI family and wish you all the best this holiday season!


How The Loss Of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led To A Mental Health Crisis

Samantha Raphelson

November 30, 20171:15 PM ET

When the Northville Psychiatric Hospital closed, many of the patients either had to leave southeast Michigan for hospitals elsewhere in the state or ended up in community programs that haven’t always met their needs, an advocacy group says.

Go to NPR story.

NAMI Holiday Gift Drive 2017

Please join us this Holiday Season by donating items for our Gift Bags which will be delivered to over 600 consumers at local Hospitals, Self-help Centers, Churches and Homeless Shelters. We need the following items for men and women: Socks Scarves & Gloves Winter Hats Granola or Power Bars Travel size toiletries Decks of Playing Cards…


Registration is NOW OPEN for NAMI Homefront Online Classes

9/29/2017 We understand that attending an in-person class can be difficult for busy individuals and families. That’s why NAMI is proud to announce that we now offer NAMI Homefront online! NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session program for family, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans. The class helps families understand what…


13th Annual Mood Disorders Education Day!

Hello to our wonderful attendees of the 13th Annual Mood Disorders Education Day! For those of you who are interested in viewing presentations from the event, they are now posted on the following two Stanford websites:

Best regards,

The Stanford Mood Disorders Center

NAMI SCC Seeking Deputy Director

The purpose of this role is to support the executive director in carrying out the mission of NAMI Santa Clara County. The Deputy Director is responsible for coordinating the organization’s staff and volunteers, as well as its programs. In addition, the Deputy Director is responsible for overseeing the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of NAMI…


September 12 General Meeting – Ask the Doctor and Update on Medications

It’s been a while since we’ve had a general meeting dedicated to updating us on psych medications with the opportunity to “Ask the Doctor.” On September 12, Dr. Vijay Jethanandani will be our speaker. He originally trained as a surgeon but switched to psychiatry when he came to the U.S. from India in 1983. Join…


Social Security Disability – Q&A

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 and Advocacy: Staying United in the Face of Challenging Times

NAMI and Advocacy: Staying United in the Face of Challenging Times By Mary Giliberti, J.D. | Jun. 16, 2017   As I’ve been thinking about the upcoming NAMI National Convention, I wanted to share some reflections with all of you on advocacy—recognizing that not everyone will be able to attend at the end of June.…


Check out the Mental Health Channel

What is the Mental Health Channel? We’re a channel like you’d see on cable, but on the web. It’s where all TV is headed, so this is our primary platform. You’ll find MHC content here, on,, YouTube and Facebook. But also on TV channels like PBS, and on university campuses across the country.…


I Love Being Me – NAMIWalks Silicon Valley KickOff

THANKS TO ALL FOR BEEING THERE!!!  I Love Being Me NAMIWalks Silicon Valley KickOff/Informational Meeting 5 p.m. Free Reception with Food, Fun and Prizes 6 p.m. Program   We would like to hear from you!  Email your FIRST and LAST Name to Dyane Hendricks 408-453-0400 x 3125     Register your team for NAMIWalks Silicon Valley and raise $100…


General Meeting, Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Soo Jung, SCC Supportive Housing

Soo Jung, MA, is a Senior Manager of the Office of Supportive Housing for Santa Clara County. In this role, she oversees the Permanent Supportive Housing Program, manages housing resources and services, and streamlines referrals to provide support to the most vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals in the county. Soo has been working for Santa…


Talking Art: Side Effects May Include

 In 2012, Tamara Staples’ sister committed suicide using drugs that had been prescribed for her bipolar disorder by multiple doctors and filled at multiple pharmacies. After her death, Tamara asked her sister’s husband to send her the contents of her medicine cabinet. He sent several large boxes that included both pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medications. There…


Kathy Forward: Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley 2017 Honoree

We are delighted to share with you that this week our FCS Circle of Support Committee selected you, Kathy Forward, and your work on behalf of NAMI Silicon Valley, as our 2017 Circle of Support Honoree. Congratulations on this esteemed recognition and the wonderful partnership we appreciate with you and all you represent for our…


May is Mental Health Matters Month

1.May is Mental Health Matters Month! Did you know that half of us will have a mental health challenge in our lifetime? Help us spread awareness of the importance of mental health by sharing this post. 2. Did you know that lime green is the national color of mental health awareness? Show your support by…


Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – Dr. Kate Hardey, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis

(June 2017 Newsletter Write-Up) Kate Hardy is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in working with individuals with psychosis in both research and clinical settings. Currently Dr. Hardy is director of the INSPIRE Clinic at Stanford University, providing recovery-oriented care for people with early psychosis. Psychosis exists on a continuum of no psychosis at one…


May 9, 2017 General Meeting – All About CIT and 5150

Kathryn Parlet and Police Officer Juan de Dios Tovar are our May general meeting speakers. Ms. Parlet will provide up-to-date information about 5150 and the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program and will answer questions. San Jose Police Officer Juan de Dios Tovar is very well known in the community who helps with mental health concerns. He is…