Welcome to NAMI Solano County

NAMI Solano County is a grassroots organization, incorporated in 1985, as a support group helping families and individuals affected by mental illness.

Our mission encompasses:

EDUCATION

Our education programs provide the tools, awareness and coping skills needed to overcome the challenges faced by people and families affected by mental illness.

SUPPORT

We offer support groups facilitated by trained family members and individuals who have firsthand experience coping with mental illness.

OUTREACH

We strive to end discrimination and stigma for all those persons affected by mental illness through broader education and collaboration with the whole community.

ADVOCACY

We advocate for the rights of those living with mental illness and their families on the local, state and national levels, striving to raise awareness of mental health issues and improve access to quality care.

Recent News & Events

Elizabeth Blue – NAMI Solano

We are pleased to announce that NAMI Solano County will be partnering with Napa Citizens for Mental Health for an exclusive pre-release screening of the movie, “Elizabeth Blue.” This limited special release screening will be shown one night only, at the Cameo Theater in St. Helena, California. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased either at the door or online at the theater’s website, http://www.cameocinema.com/elizabeth-blue—nami-solano.html

Purchase tickets here!

This exclusive pre-release screening is made possible by NAMI Solano County and Napa Citizens for Mental Health. Doors open at 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm screening.

See flyer here!

Date: Thursday, September 21. Doors open at 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm screening.

Rating: PG-13

Help us spread the word about this exclusive film showing. Go to NAMI Solano County’s FB page and “Like” our post about the movie: https://www.facebook.com/namisolanocounty/. Download the flyer here and share with your friends, family and co-workers!

Written and directed by Vincent Sabella, this thought-provoking film was based on the writer’s own personal experience when all of his medications for schizophrenia failed. It was this personal journey that inspired the love story that is “Elizabeth Blue”. Watch the movie trailer here: https://youtu.be/dH1ncdKFu5A

For insight into writer/director Vincent Sabella’s mental health journey, visit https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/news/elizabeth-blue-director-vincentsabella-on-using-the-power-of-film-to-rewrite-the-dialogue-surrounding-mentalillness/

Visit the official Elizabeth Blue social media pages, and LIKE, SHARE, AND TAG to keep the buzz going!
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethBlueMovie/
TW: @_ElizabethBlue
IG: @elizabethbluemovie

We hope you will come and join us!

GENERAL MEETING

NAMI Solano County invites you to join us for our Monday, September 25th, 2017 GENERAL MEETING. Our Guest Speaker will be Dr. Cornelia Gibson, from the Agape Counseling Center in Fairfield, talking about the programs and services offered at their center. Please bring a friend and join us – Refreshments will be served!!

See flyer here!

NAMI Solano County General Meeting
Monday, September 25th, 2017, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
470 Chadbourne Rd., 1st floor
(ALDEA Children and Family Services Building)
Fairfield, CA 94533

For more information, contact: NAMI Solano County at
info@namisolanocounty.org
or call us at (707) 422-7792.

NAMIWalks A Big Success!

NAMI WALKS was held Saturday, May 6, 2017, at William Land Park in Sacramento. This was the 11th year NAMI Solano County has participated in this event that combats stigma, raises funds, and promotes awareness of mental illness.

The day couldn’t have been better, the sun was shining down on over 2,000 individuals of all ages that enjoyed the walk whether they did 1K, 3K, the full 5K, or preferred to visit the various booths. The informational materials at the booths went fast as people were gathering flyers, and brochures to find help for themselves as well as their loved ones. The stage was buzzing with speakers, music, and various other entertainment.

Some stayed after the walk to picnic and enjoy the camaraderie of family and friends, as well as wait to see if their lucky number was picked from the raffle. Two of the prize winners were from the 200 tickets sold by NAMI Solano County members.

The fund raising recently ended, and we are anxiously awaiting the grand total of what NAMI Solano County raised from their 12 teams. The Board will be deciding where the funds can best be used to support programs and events on mental health in our county. For those that supported and/or participated in the Walk, we thank you from the top of our brains to the bottom of our hearts.

NEW Family-to-Family class starting in Rio Vista!

[Update] — Our next English Family-to-Family class will be starting in Rio Vista on Tuesdays, beginning April 4 through June 20, 2017, from 6:00-8:30 pm. Family to Family is a free, 12-session educational class for family members of those living with mental illness. If you are interested in taking the Family to Family class, registration is required — please call 707-422-7792, or email us at info@namisolanocounty.org. Once you are registered, you will be given the exact location of the class in Rio Vista.
We also hope to offer another Spanish class in the Fall of 2017.
Para espanol, favor de llamarse al 707-255-1624 or 707-514-5783.
For more information, you can download the flyer here.

NAMI Basics

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 next Basics class will be held on six consecutive Thursdays, beginning on June 22nd, at a convenient location in Vallejo. If you are interested in signing up for this class, please call 707-255-1624.  PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED START DATE FOR THIS CLASS.

For more information, you can download the flyer here.

Support Group Information

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 Lorena Perswain, 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.

NEW!! “NAMI CONNECTION” SUPPORT GROUP

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 707-688-9086, or email us at info@namisolanocounty.org.

FREE 10-week Peer to Peer class in Napa

For adults living with mental health challenges

Where: 3281 Solano Ave Napa, Ca 94558

Flyer: Click Here

P2P

Info: NAMI Peer to Peer Class Starting Aug. 1st please call or come in if you would like to sign up or know someone who will benefit from this class. Registration is open through July 14th. This class is free of charge

To Register:

 

Brochure-application for Solano Peer to Peer

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. We hope to have a new
Peer to Peer class staring in July 2017. To register or for more information, please call 707-422-7792, or email us at info@namisolanocounty.org.

 

NAMI Solano County Officers & Committee


  • Dorothy Laney, President
  • Bart Bright, Vice President
  • Patty Phillips, Secretary
  • Myra Binstock, Treasurer/Membership Chair
  • Yolanda Garcia-Martinez, Member-at-Large/Fundraising & NAMIWalksChair & Ending the Silence
  • Susan Douglass, Member-at-Large/Volunteer Chair & Holiday Gift Bags Chair
  • Leslie Molera, Member-at-Large
  • Dorothy Leachman, Member-at-Large
  • Dorothy Laney, Newsletter