Exploring L.A.’s Growing Problem with Competency Hearings

Los Angeles County’s lone mental health courthouse is having trouble keeping up with a flood of competency cases. Inmates arrive at 7:30 a.m. in county buses, are assessed by a psychiatrist, processed through a hearing approaching only 10 minutes long, and still they are so overbooked, hearings are rescheduled 3 or 4 times.  The mysterious surge of competency hearings in recent years is unprecedented.  Not only does it have public defenders and county clerks concerned; it has now drawn the attention of major publications like the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading

Join us for a Membership Meet and Greet!

Join us for FREE food, fun, and games! Meet the NAMI SFV Board and other NAMI SFV Members!  Click the image to get more information and RSVP!   Continue reading

An Olympian's Struggle With Depression

This week in the Rio Olympics, Michael Phelps received his 23rd gold medal in the men’s medley relay, making him the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympic Games.  This was an epic moment, considering the record was held for over 2,000 years. Leonidas of Rhodes received his 22nd gold medal in 152 B.C., a sprinter known for winning the hoplitodromos, a foot race requiring the athlete carry full armor and a shield. Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps have historically been held as exemplars of personal discipline and achievement.  That is why it is hard to contemplate someone exercising so much self-control, having fame, health, success to ever struggle with mental illness or thoughts of suicide. Continue reading

ATTENTION: Change to this month's Speaker Meeting Location!

  Hello All,  Due to a flood at our normal location, we must relocate this months speaker meeting.  Thank you for your understanding, 

Mayim Bialik of “Big Bang Theory” Speaks Out on ​ ​Mental Illness for NAMI Stigma­ Busting Effort

Emmy winning actor from the ”Big Bang Theory” Mayim Bialik joins NAMI LACC (the National Alliance on Mental Illness Los Angeles County Council ) to speak out about mental illness with a video message. In conjunction with the 14th annual NAMIWalks LA County on Saturday October 1, 2016 at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, Bialik has released a deeply personal message on the importance of overcoming the stigma of mental illness. Continue reading

National Minority Mental Health Month

We invite you to join us this Friday at the Hubert H. Humphrey Recreation Center where there will be a variety of activities from classes, to games and live performances. You can also check out the NAMI National Website to learn more: http://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2016/Acknowledging-the-Importance-of-Minority-Mental-He#

Learn to be a Family & Peer Support Specialist

Would you like to help a friend or family member afflicted with a mental health condition but are not sure where to begin? NAMI SFV invites you to participate in The Family and Peer Support Specialist program consisting of 70 hours of specialized “webinar” training. Continue reading

The Mental Illness Happy Hour

The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a free weekly podcast featuring one-on-one interviews with a variety of artists, authors, musicians, doctors, and others who struggle with mental illnesses or have experienced mental illness with their friends or family. Continue reading

Connectome, Synapses and Mental Illness

Revolution in Neuroscience Referred to as the "Neuro Revolution”, since the mapping of the human genome, neuroimaging and more powerful processors, neuroscientists are finding more connections and correlations than previously possible.  Understanding is finally progressing past the black box, where we don’t see what’s happening in the brain, and can only assess the input with the output. As a result, mental illness is now being recognized as a condition inherently biological in nature, the reason why it’s starting to be taken as seriously and in parity with other illnesses like Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s. Continue reading