During the month of May, NAMI and participants across the country are bringing awareness to mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Highlighting these issues during May provides a time for people to come together and display our combined passion and strength as we work to improve the lives of all Americans whose lives are affected by mental health conditions.
There will be lots of exciting events happening in Solano County to celebrate May is Mental Health Month! See Solano County’s exciting calendar of events here
. NAMI Solano County is grateful to NAMI California and the Each Mind Matters movement for offering NAMI Solano County a mini-grant, to help us with our efforts this month to raise awareness about mental health! We will be participating in several May events, as follows:
- NAMI Solano County will have an Open House at our office on Wednesday, May 4th, from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Our office is located at 1225 Travis Blvd., Suite D, Fairfield, CA. Please stop by and visit with us! We have lots of resources available, and light refreshments will be served. Flyer – Click here to download
- Don’t forget to sign up for the NAMIWalk on Saturday, May 7th at William Land Park in Sacramento! Details about the Walk are in the related article below, on the front page.
- Napa Citizens for Mental Health advocates for Mental Health concerns in Napa County under the umbrella of NAMI Solano County, and together we are partnering for an event to be held in Napa County on Tuesday, May 17th, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Dr. Steve Seager, Psychiatrist and Film Maker from the Napa State Hospital, will be speaking on “Shattered Families, the Collapse of America’s Mental Health System.” It should be a very interesting presentation! Please see flyer here for more details.
- Last but not least, please MARK YOUR CALENDARS and join us on Thursday, May 26th for a special screening of the acclaimed movie, “Home,” the story of a person of color, living with mental illness and attempting to rebuild his life. This will take place at the Sullivan Interagency Youth Center, Community Room, 2195 Union Ave., Fairfield, CA. We will begin the evening with a “Meet and Greet” with refreshments, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. The movie screening will go from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, followed by a Q and A session. Resource information tables will be available. Please see flyer here for more details.
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime? Every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family, and we can all do something to help others. Helpful ideas can be found at this site: http://www.nami.org/mhm-hb#sthash.j0teBE7P.dpuf
You can also share mental health awareness information, images and graphics via social media sites. Use the hashtags with #mhm or #mentalhealthmonth and help spread awareness for the stigmafree pledge with #StigmaFree. See more at:http://www.nami.org/mhm-hb#sthash.j0teBE7P.dpuf
Also, Each Mind Matters, California’s Mental Health movement, has LOTS of great ideas, stories, resources and more on their website. Wear “Lime Green” this month in honor of May is Mental Health Month! Check out some of the stories at www.eachmindmatters.org/stories/
and use the hashtag #eachmindmatters on social media.
On May 7, 2016, the 5K Northern California NAMI Walks will again be held on flat land at William Land Park in Sacramento. NAMI Solano County has 9 teams walking so far! We are inspired and pumped to make this the most successful walk to date. There will be food, entertainment, motivational speakers, and lots of wonderful people gathered together to support the fight to “Stop Stigma and Build Awareness” of mental illness. Money earned from the Walk will help support much needed free programs to families and persons living with mental illness. The need is great to do more. It is ONE day we have been given the opportunity to show the world that we are important in this world and United in this fight to make our voices heard, fight stigma, advocate for mental health and make NAMI a household word! Please join us on May 7th. There are many ways to participate.
Register and donate at http://www.namiwalks.org/northerncalifornia. You can be a team captain, a sponsor, or join one of our 9 existing teams: Walkers of Hope, Warriors for Wellness, Walk for Wellness, The Circle Fairfield CA, Napa Citizens for Mental Health, St. Brigid’s Episcopal Church Rio Vista, Dream Walkers, Solano Soles, and Go!Go!Tuo. For more information, please contact Yolanda Garcia-Martinez at email@example.com or Jeannette Goyetche at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also download the NAMI Walks Flyer 2016 here.
NAMI Newsletter 2016 Spring Edition is now available for download! Check it out to see what’s happening this Spring with NAMI Solano County! There are lots of upcoming events, plus interesting information and resources you’ll want to read about! Download the current issue here.
THREE Family-to-Family Classes This Spring! Se ofrece de familia a familia en espanol! [Update] These are free, 12-session educational classes for family members of those living with mental illness. The first English class in Vallejo has already started and is going well; there will be ANOTHER English class in Rio Vista and our previously announced Vallejo Spanish class, both starting in June . The Spanish class will run for 6 consecutive Saturdays, with two classes each Saturday, from June 25th through July 30th, 2016. The new Rio Vista English class will run for 12 weeks on Thursday evenings, from June 16th through September 1st,, 2016. Registration is required — please call 707-422-7792, or email us at email@example.com to register or for more information. Para espanol, favor de llamarse al 707-255-1624 or 707-514-5783. You can also download the flyers [English] [Espanol]
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.
Announcing our Next Peer-to-Peer class, beginning February 22, 2016 in Vallejo! 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. Please see flyer herefor details. To register or for more information, please call 707-422-7792, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com