Welcome to NAMI - East Bay
Welcome to NAMI - East Bay
What's New at NAMI East Bay

GENERAL MEETINGS are held on the 4th Wednesdays in January, March, May, July, September, November (sometimes changed in November so as not to conflict with Thanksgiving). Everyone is welcome to come by and hear a presentation from an expert in the field, a panel, or a video.


Hearing the Consumer Voice

Wednesday, November 28

     As family members, we experience our own lived experience as we watch the relatives we love struggle with mental illness. Many of our loved ones have difficulty sharing what they’re going through, but if we understand their struggles, we may be able to support them better.

   Towards that goal, we are so pleased to offer family members the opportunity to hear from some of our folks who carry a diagnosis of mental illness and who are articulate in being able to describe their perspective.

    Two of our board members will speak: one describing his ongoing process as he moved from being an individual with a high-level business position to being an individual with a mental illness; the other describing the issues he and fellow UC Berkeley students face as they deal with both academic and psychological issues. We will also be hearing from a participant in the Hearing Voices Network and a representative of the consumer organization PEERS (Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery).  

Please join us for an interesting conversation.

Meeting starts at 7:30pm in the Social Hall of the Albany Methodist Church, 980 Stannage - at Marin 

Speaker Meeting starts at 7:30 pm

Albany United Methodist Church
980 Stannage Avenue, Albany
Corner of Stannage and Marin
Meeting is free and open to the public.



Family to Family Class

    Our annual 12-week winter Family to Family Class will be held Thursday evenings, 6:30-9, January 17- April 4 at our Albany location. In this class, which is didactic with discussions and sharing, we cover diag- noses, communication, medications, brain function, research, problem solving, empathy, consumer per- spective, and advocacy. It is an invaluable experience for families both new and old to this arena of mental illness. The class is free but we will only have materi- als and space for a certain number of participants; so we will need to have you contact our office by phone or email to register.


For those who have lost someone to suicide,

In addition to the 10-week Suicide Bereavement Group, which resumes on Thursday, 12/6 (more information below), La Cheim -- located at 3031 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609 -- will host the East Bay's International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. The event, which is free of charge, will take place on Saturday, November 17, from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, sponsored in part by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is an opportunity for people affected by suicide loss to gather together for support, community, and resources (see attached flyer). For more information or to reserve your place, please call 415-515-6253.

Weekly Support/Therapy Group ...
The first session of the new Survivor of Suicide Loss Group has been scheduled for Thursday, December 6, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. 

As usual, it will run for 10 sessions and meet at:

   La Cheim
   3031 Telegraph Avenue
   Oakland, CA 94609
The fee per session is on a sliding scale ranging from $25 to $125. As this is a
 nonprofit program, the fees help us to defray a portion of our expenses. At the
 same time, we do not turn anyone away for lack of ability to pay, so please let us
 know if cost is an issue.
The group size is limited, so if you haven't already confirmed your attendance,
please do so by phone (415-515-6253), text or email. If you have not attended
before, we ask that you arrive at the first session 10-15 minutes early to register.

Recruiting for People to Offer Personal Support Services

The Proxy Parent Foundation is a non-profit organzation that offers two integrated services: PLAN andPSS. The Special Needs Trust (PLAN) is open to disabled persons in California. Started by NAMI families some years ago, this is a Master Pooled Trust vehicle, which actually has a bigger presence in Southern California. The second service is Personal Support Services (PSS) for beneficiaries of the trust. PSS individuals deal with persons with mental illness, coordinating public and private social services and medical care while providing family-like attention.The organization is now increasing its PSS offering in Northern California and is recruiting individuals who would be interested in becoming a PSS provider.

They are looking for individuals who have experience—either clinical or personal—in dealing with persons with mental illness, who have empathy, and who intend to live in the area for some time. Criminal and financial background checks are part of the hiring process, and the PSS would be making monthly and quarterly reports to the Proxy Parent Foundation.

This is a part-time commitment and the person could have a day job as well. Hourly payments are $65 to $85, and travel time is compensated at a different rate. Please contact Bruce Lewitt at 888-574- 1258.


Consumer Activities

Families frequently inquire about community services. Since many of our NAMI folks are not county case-managed, it’s up to families to find out what’s available. Accordingly, here’s a brief note about two resources:

PEERS (Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services) is a large consumer-run agency located at 333 Hegenberger Road in Oakland. They offer WRAP (Wellness Action Recovery Plan) classes, Final Fridays Free Movies, discussion and Secret Messages groups. Their website is comprehensive: www.peersnet.org.

BACS (Bay Area Community Services) offers free Wellness Centers across the county. These are drop-in social centers with planned activities. Website is www.bayareacs.org.

New local support groups
Family support, run by FERC (Family Education Resource Center), 2nd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00, TowneHouse House Wellness Center, 629 Oakland Avenue, Oakland.

PREP Group for Families of Young Adults
PREP (Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis) announces a new drop-in group for family members of relatives under age 30. The group is a blend of support and resources and meets at the Towne House, 629 Oakland Ave, Oakland, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:00-7:30pm. Contact Stella, Coordinator, at 510-590-0570. Go to www.askprep.org for more information or call 1-888-535-7737.

The Hearing Voices Network is comprised of people who see, hear, feel and think things that others may not experience - and also includes the family members of these individuals. Website is www.bayareahearingvoices.org.

The local weekly group for those with these ongoing experienes meets 1st and 3rd Mondays, 6-7:30 pm, Berkeley Drop In Center, 3234 Adeline Ave. Berkeley. Refer to website for more information.

Mission Statement: Voices of Mothers is an advocacy effort by families on behalf of our loved ones with serious mental illness. We are fighting for changes to local, county, state, and federal laws and policies that are failing to provide adequate and timely services and protections to our vulnerable family members.


Grow the family voice in Alameda County by broadening family engagement at all levels.

Monitor legislation at all levels that impacts mental health policies, campaign in support of laws that improve care for those with serious mental illness, and monitor implementation of mandated programs

Fight to reduce stigmatizing and blaming of families. Document instances of family blaming and misinformation in media and in communications tied to or funded by public fund

CONTACT INFORMATION: <ahref="mailto:voicesofthemothersandothers@gmail.com">voicesofthemothersandothers@gmail.com

Nov 5, 2018

Note:  Our annual 12 week Family to Family class will be held starting in mid-January.  See What's New.

Wednesday, Nov 14 -support group for families of adults, 7:00 - link to What We Offer

Saturday, Nov 17 - Survivors of Suicide Loss - Oakland -event and information regarding ongoing group.  See What's New

Tuesday, Nov 20 - support group for families of youth and young adults, 7:00 - link to What We Offer

Wednesday, Nov 28 - General meeting - Hear the Consumer Voice (link to What's New)

Wednesday, Dec 12  -support group for families of adults, 7:00 - link to What We Offer

Tuesday, Dec 18 - support group for families of youth and young adults, 7:00 - link to What We Offer



NAMI EastBay, 980 Stannage Ave, Albany, CA 94706. (By appointment)
Phone: 510-524-1250 | Email: namieastbay@gmail.com