Surveys and research make us aware that faith communities need information and training to help support those affected by mental illness. NAMI CC is helping fill this gap with FaithNet activities, such as Evening of Prayer and an upcoming conference for faith leaders.
“Over forty percent of Americans seeking help with mental health issues turn first to ministers,priests, and rabbis. This is twice as many as those who went first to a psychiatrist, psychologist or family physician,” states Rev. Susan Schroeder, United Methodist Church, San Diego.
Learn more on NAMI Faithnet
Thurs. August 16, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Trudy Scott, Certified Nutritionist, was especially liked by all when she spoke at the NAMI California Conference last year. Trudy will speak on how food and nutrients can affect the brain and mental health. She is also the author of “How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings”.
To learn more about Trudy Scott, please visit her website at www.EveryWomanOver29.com.
The NAMI General Meeting will be held at John Muir Hospital, Concord Campus, 2540 East St., Concord. Enter at the main entrance and follow the posted signs.
Cultural, social and language barriers prevent good care
A landmark, two-year research study examines the current best mental health care practices, and how well they translate in California’s growing Latino communities. The report, based on input from more than 550 Latinos, found that the current workforce of psychologists and psychiatrists is ill-equipped to penetrate the disparities and bridge the cultural gulf.
NAMI California released its anticipated report on the programs funded by the 7 billion dollars generated by California’s Prop 63, the “millionaire’s tax.” The extensive report is a compilation of the 1,600 programs throughout the state funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
Tom Wootton, author ofThe Bipolar Advantage,will be presenting a training session for consumers, therapists and families. Though unconventional, Wooton’s views and unique perspective on bipolar disorder have caught the interest of many in the mental health community.
Location: John Muir Medical Center
Concord Room, 2540 East Street, Concord.
Thurs. July 19, 7 pm
Also come meet representatives of additional free NAMI programs and other local mental health groups.
SLO the STIGMA Offers an Inside Look at Mental Illness
People speak openly and directly about managing mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia in this video offered by SLO the STIGMA, which is part of a broad effort to decrease stigma and raise public awareness of mental health and treatment resources. SLO the STIGMA is funded by the Mental Health Services Act through San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Services in cooperation with Transitions-Mental Health Association.
Fri. July 13 & Sat. July 14, 9 am – 5 pm
John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill is holding a two-day Facilitator Certification Training for the Adults and Children Together (ACT) “Raising Safe Kids” program, designed to prevent violence against young children before it starts. Serving counselors, therapists, educators, law enforcement, clergy, medical personnel and others who work with families and children, this facilitator training prepares participants to deliver the eight-week ACT program in their own communities.
The Stanford University School of Medicine is hosting a Mood Disorders Education Day on July 28. This free event is designed for patients and their families, caregivers, friends and community members interested in learning more about mood disorders. To register for this event, please visit http://bipolar.stanford.edu/