Our annual Holiday Gift Bag project is well underway! This year’s efforts to fill 400 bags with hygiene products and gift items for adults living with mental illness throughout Solano County began in July. Companies, individuals, and community groups were encouraged to participate by providing donations of funding, items, and supplies. It has been especially encouraging to receive such warm responses from people and organizations who knew very little about NAMI prior to getting involved with this project. Project coordinator Susan Douglass stated, “Simply asking others to help with the gathering of items has opened doors to talking about mental illness. It has been amazing how this simple request has sparked conversations of common understanding.”
Please come out and help us fill bags at the Holiday Gift Bag Assembly Party on Saturday, December 3. We will meet at the Church of God at 930 Empire Street, Fairfield from 9am-12pm (or as long as it takes). We will have coffee and refreshments to keep the hard working “elves” in a pleasant mood. Santa hats will adorn heads and music will fill the air to create a joyful atmosphere and usher in the holiday spirit.
Once the holiday bags are packed, agencies Caminar, Crestwoo
d, and Circle of Friends will transport the bags to their locations for distribution. Suzie Franks from Circle of Friends expressed that she loves being able to distribute the bags, as they are well received and greatly enjoyed.
To learn more about our Holiday Gift Bag program or to get involved, please contact Susan Douglass at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here’s your chance to advocate for Mental Health Reform!
The mental health reform legislation NAMI has worked hard on has been added to a bill—the 21st Century Cures Act—that Congress will vote on as early as this week.
To increase our excitement, language supporting CIT, mental health courts and other provisions to reduce the involvement of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system have also been added.
- Mental health provisions from H.R. 2646 in the final reform package can be found here.
- The full text of the bill can be found here.
Let’s take mental health reform all the way home.
Congress is expected to vote on Mental Health Reform as part of the 21st Century Cures Act this week.
It’s time to finish strong.
Urge your member of Congress and Senators to pass mental health reform now.
Email your members of Congress now.
Make sure your representatives vote YES. Time is running out for mental health reform in 2016, and your voice can make a difference. Email using this link: http://cqrcengage.com/nami/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=263393
Thank You to all who joined us for our November 28th General Meeting. We had a crowd of 28 people who came to hear from Dr. Steve Seager, who showed his award-winning film, “Shattered Families: The Collapse of America’s Mental Health System” with a very interesting discussion afterwards. Dr. Seager will be sending us some follow-up information soon with ideas of how we can advocate for changes in the mental health system. Watch your email inbox for details!
REMINDER: There will be no General Meeting in December. Happy Holidays!
NAMI Newsletter 2016 Fall Edition is now available for download! Check it out to see what’s happening this Fall with NAMI Solano County! There are several upcoming events, plus interesting information and resources you’ll want to read about! Download the current issue here. Download prior newsletters here.
We have just finished THREE Family-to-Family Classes This Summer and fall, including de familia a familia en espanol — in Spanish! Our English class in Rio Vista had 5 graduates; our Spanish class finished with 6 graduates, and our Fairfield Family to Family class will finish soon with over 10 graduates! You can see how proud these participants are from their photos below. Family to Family is a free, 12-session educational classes for family members of those living with mental illness. If you are interested in taking the Family to Family class, our next English class should be starting in Vacaville, sometime this winter 2017. Although the classes are offered free of charge, Registration is required — please call 707-422-7792, or email us at email@example.com to be put on a waiting list for the next class, or for more information. We also hope to offer another Spanish class in the spring of 2017. Para espanol, favor de llamarse al 707-255-1624 or 707-514-5783.
NAMI Basics is a class very similar to Family to Family, but is geared towards parents/cargivers of school-age children, and only lasts for 6 weeks. Our second NAMI Basics class in Napa just graduated, with 6 happy graduates. A special thanks to our teachers, Juanita Pena and Dorothy Leachman for facilitating this class, and to the Crosswalk Community Church in Napa, for allowing us the use of their facility. The class was open to Solano County residents, and participants have expressed that they were very grateful to have been included in class.
The NAMI Family Support Group in Napa is for family members, friends and advocates of people living with mental illness. This is an ongoing, drop-in group focusing on skill building and support through sharing experiences, resources and comfort. For further details, please see this flyer.
When: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente, 2nd Floor, Pediatrics Building 3285 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558
In addition to the monthly Napa NAMI Family Support group, Solano County also offers weekly support groups in Fairfield, Vallejo and Vacaville. You are encouraged to attend those meetings if you are in need of support. Please see attached flyer here for details about dates, times and places, or call Karen Smith, Solano County Family Liaison at 707-553-5343.
Please note that there has been a time change for the Vallejo family support group — they still meet on Thursdays, but now meet from 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm. Please also note that the Wellness Recovery Peer Support Groups also meet concurrently at the same place and times as the Family Support Groups. See flyer for Peer Support Groups here. For information concerning any of the Peer Support Groups, please contact Rachel Ford, Consumer Affairs Liaison at (707) 553-5735.
NAMI Solano County is pleased to announce a new Connection Support Group for people living with mental illness. Find hope, find help and sharing in a safe comfortable atmosphere with others who understand you. Classes meet twice monthly in Fairfield at Circle of Friends, and once a month in Vallejo at Crestwood-Our House. Please see flyer here for exact addresses, dates and times. For more information, please call 707-422-7792, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer-to-Peer is a 10 week course in recovery for anyone with a mental health issue who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness. To register or for more information, please call 707-422-7792, or email us at email@example.com.