Welcome to NAMI Solano County
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, volunteer, grassroots organization. Our purpose is to:
- Support families of individuals with mental illnesses.
- Educate families and the public about mental illness.
- Advocate for improved treatment and treatment facilities.
- Fight stigma and discrimination.
- Support legislation that helps those with neurobiological brain disorders.
- Improve private and public sector policies.
- Provide more housing with support services.
- Increase outreach to people with mental illnesses and their families.
Our affiliate, NAMI Solano County, began when a group of families met to find ways to improve the lives of their loved ones with mental illness. Since that time our membership and influence have continued to grow.
TWO Family-to-Family Classes This Fall!
NAMI Solano County is pleased to announce TWO Family-to-Family classes this fall!
These are free, 12-week educational classes for family members of those living with mental illness. Beginning Thursday Sept. 3rd, our first-time Vallejo class will run through November 19th. Our Fairfield class will be held on Tuesdays, from September 15th through December 1st, 2015. You can download the flyers here [Fairfield or Vallejo] or call 707-422-7792, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.
UPDATE: The response to both classes has been phenomenal, thank you! Both classes are now full, but you can still sign up to be put on a waiting list for classes beginning in January or February. Please contact us as listed in the paragraph above.
Mental Health Awareness Week
You are invited to join people around California and the nation in showing your support for mental health by observing Mental Health Awareness Week this October 4th-10th. Each Mind Matters has created a toolkit to help you plan activities, events, and conversation starters in your community. You can view and download the toolkit online at: http://www.eachmindmatters.org/get-involved/spread-the-word/mental-health-awareness-week/
- The Toolkit includes:
- Ribbon Wall Activity: Have you ever been asked to sign a card that is then hung alongside dozens of others to show support for a cause? Imagine a sea of lime green ribbons hanging throughout your community. The toolkit supplies everything you need to implement the activity, including paper and fabric ribbons and fliers. Use these items to approach a local business or set up a table at an office or other community location (farmers markets, health fairs, festivals, etc.) and watch the lime green spread.
- The Event Planning Guide includes a useful checklist for planning and advertising the event, as well as a list of resources to share with attendees. If you would like your event to include an opportunity for people to share their stories, see the section of the toolkit on “Preparing Speakers with Personal Stories for Media Interviews” for helpful tips.
- Activity Ideas are suggestions for how you can show your commitment to mental health and participation in the Each Mind Matters movement, and encourage others to do so as well. Offered as well are steps you can take to measure the impact of these activities; you may be surprised at how far reaching some simple actions can be.
- The Social Media Guide provides sample posts and instructions for how to post them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also participate in Text, Talk, Act on October 6th – more about that below.
Each Mind Matters has teamed up with Text, Talk, Act for October 6th Awareness Event! Share this information with your networks!
Text, Talk, Act uses text messaging to facilitate a face-to-face conversation on mental health. Participants gather in small groups (3-4 people) with one cell phone per group. They text START to the number 89800 to receive a series of text messages that guides their group through a conversation on mental health: why it is important, how to care for it, and how to help a friend in need. The text messages include videos, social media interactions, polling questions and discussion questions.
- It’s easy to participate! Just grab a few friends and a cellphone and text “START” to 89800 anytime on October 6th. You’ll receive a series of text messages that will lead you and your friends through a conversation about mental health including how to strengthen your own mental health and how we can help a friend in need.
- Win CASH PRIZES for your school, club or community organization! Organize Text, Talk, Act participation on October 6th and you could win a $1,000 prize! Register for the contest at: bit.ly/TTAContest.
Check out more ways to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week including how to connect on social media, find and share local events, and get lime green gear and posters at http://www.eachmindmatters.org/movement-moment/get-involved-mental-health-awareness-week/.
Mental Illness Awareness Week Activities
MIAW activities vary by NAMI State Organization and NAMI Affiliate. In some cases, activities may occur a week or so before or after the formal week, particularly if multiple events are planned. Please contact local NAMI Affiliates for specific information.
Here are some ways that you can get involved during Mental Illness Awareness Week:
New Family Support Group in Napa County
2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:30 - 8:00pm
3285 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558
2nd Floor, Pediatrics building
3285 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558
2nd Floor, Pediatrics building
Beginning Wednesday August 12th, NAMI is now offering a new monthly Family Support Group in Napa County! This group 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.
NAMI Solano County Newsletter
The newsletter is filled with news, resources and information on what is new and happening with NAMI Solano County and other County Mental Health organizations.
NAMI Solano County Officers & Committee
- Dorothy Laney, President
- Jeannette Goyetche, Vice President
- Maureen Brannon, Secretary
- Myra Binstock, Treasurer/Membership Chair
- Susan Reeve, Family to Family Coordinator
- Yolanda Garcia-Martinez, Member-at-Large/Fundraising & NAMIWalksChair
- Helen Michetti, Member-at-Large
- Marci Stapley, Member-at-Large
- Roxanne Melvin, Member-at-Large, Christmas Gift Bags
- Dorothy Laney, Newsletter