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:

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

Film Review 'Dark Horse' pulls away with its sensitive portrayal of poverty and mental illness

Robert Abele, Mar. 31, 2016 /LA Times/ -- In "The Dark Horse," a New Zealand drama from writer-director James Napier Robertson about a real-life Maori chess coach with mental illness, star Cliff Curtis is so heartbreakingly convincing in the lead role that he routinely frees you of the feeling you're watching one more adversity saga with scrappy kids and a third-act tournament. Continue reading

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Six Leading Mental Health Organizations Call on ABC-TV to Drop Halloween Episode; Stigma Violates TV Network's Own Anti-Bullying Campaign

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2015/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Six of the nation's leading mental health organizations have joined in calling on ABC-TV to drop its Wednesday night broadcast of a "Modern Family" Halloween episode that mocks and stigmatizes people with mental health conditions. A copy of the letter is below, signed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Bazelon Center on Mental Health Law, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), Mental Health America (MHA), the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), Inc. The letter includes the observation that the episode violates ABC-TV's own code of Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility and that one of the television network's own partners in a current anti-bullying campaign has itself called for an end to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Continue reading


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HelpLine: (818) 994-6747

Physical Address: 20151 Nordhoff Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311


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