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You are invited to attend a first time online “In Our Own Voice” presentation presented by NAMI Stanislaus Hosted by our very own Patti Romo.

It is a Zoom meeting from 6PM – 7PM Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Free interactive presentation offered by NAMI Stanislaus to the community to better understand Mental Illness from someone living with a mental health condition.
ZOOM ID: 433 839 0491




Connection Support Group Meeting Reminder:

Meeting Saturday , October 3rd at 11:00am via Zoom

We would like to welcome you to NAMI Stanislaus’ Virtual Connection Support Group meeting.

Sean will be your facilitator and Lisa will be your Tech Support person as well as helping you to enter the meeting.

We will be offering these virtual support groups the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month 6:30pm and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 11:00am until we are able to meet in person again.

NAMI Stanislaus, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Program via Zoom until further notice. The meeting is 6:30pm-8pm


Or Join with the information below.

Meeting ID # 433 839 0491

Passcode # NAMI

Enter Meeting Here

If you have any questions, please contact Dar at (209) 656-8855 (landline)


Stay tuned NAMI Stanislaus is working on setting up Zoom meetings for Family Support.



In our NAMI support groups, we read principles before each session begins. One addresses stigma: “We reject stigma in ourselves and others.”

Stigma is when someone views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad.

Navigating life with a mental health condition is tough enough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support, and living well. Stigma is toxic to a person’s mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear, and silence that prevents many from seeking help and treatment.

The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it. This is something we work on every day at NAMI California — striving to eradicate stigma associated with mental illness across our Golden State. We know we can change the way the world sees mental health.

What we can do:

·         Learn more about mental health conditions, including symptoms, warning signs and treatments

·         Take and share NAMI’s 3-question “Cure Stigma” quiz

·         Talk about mental health and share our experiences and insights; answer our Community Voices questions or share your story in blog or essay form

·         Find out about NAMI’s In Our Own Voice program

·         Become part of the NAMI California community by becoming a member, attending classes and support groups (find your local NAMI) and finding out about other ways to be involved


Get Immediate Help in a Crisis

Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or go to the nearest emergency room.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En Español 1-888-628-9454
The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lifeline connects callers to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741
The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if they are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can call 1-800-799-4889.

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In The News: National Alliance on Mental Illness, Stanislaus

May 29, 2020

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health:

“The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to mental health care in communities of color cannot be ignored. The inequality and lack of cultural competency in mental health treatment cannot be ignored.

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    APR. 09, 2020

    By Tracy Riggs

    Social Isolation

    One of the mental health conditions I deal with is social anxiety. So, you would probably think that I rejoiced when the CDC guidelines came down about social isolation. However, that’s far from the truth.

    Social anxiety doesn’t mean I want to be a hermit. I still crave human interaction, just not all types (like crowds, small talk or making phone calls).

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    We know many of our community members are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We hope you are safe. To help, we have gathered updates, tips, and resources for you from reputable sources.
    Quick Tips
    Stay informed, but consider limiting your news exposure; see our links to reputable sources for information below, including the CDC and California Department of Public Health; we will also keep this page updated with the latest information and additional resources as we get them.

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    By Sarah Marsh | Feb. 07, 2020                                                                                                                                                                       

    Secrets and lies.

    That’s how I would describe the beginning of my decades-long battle with mental illness.

    The year was 1996, I was 17 years old, and my life came to a stand-still because of depression,

    anxiety and an eating disorder. I had no community to call upon, few friends that knew of my struggles.

    Everyone knew something was wrong.

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    By Shainna Ali | Dec. 26, 2019

    Take a moment to consider all the people in your life: your coworkers, friends, family. At any given time, 1 in 5 of these individuals is living with a mental health condition. You may have noticed them struggling, but if you’re not a trained mental health professional, you may not have known how to help.
    However, you can help. You can be supportive and encouraging during their mental health journey.

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    This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.

    NAMI applauds Chairman Ajit Pai and the FCC for their leadership on this issue and strongly supports the creation of a national 3-digit number as an essential part of a network of services and supports for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,

    more » Read More
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