310.889.7200 (Click the link on your mobile to call)


WANTED: Team Captains and Donations for NAMI Walks

NAMILAWalkIf you’re interested in creating a team of any size for the 2016 Annual NAMI LA Walk, please click the link, click Register Now on the NAMI LACC (Los Angeles County Council) page and create or join a team or make an easy online donation.  Or you can call or email us at any time for information on our annual NAMI Walk.  We will talk to you about how to recruit team members, raise money, and tips on ways to promote your participating. For questions or to RSVP, you can email us at info@namila.org (click the link to send an email), call us at 310.889.7200, contact the LACC Walk Manager, Shelley Hoffman by email at shelley@namilacc.org (click the link to send an email) or call Shelley at 310-571-5256

Click or Tap here to view the NAMI LACC Facebook page for Photos and Information about the Walk!

Making an online donation is easy, you can join and or donate to one of our NAMI Westside LA teams, Heal the Brain (Sharon Dunas), The Wright Step (Mitzi Wright), The Westside Walkers (Sylvia Thompson)  or directly at NAMI Walks Los Angeles by clicking or tapping any of the links.

Your donation of as little as $5.00 to NAMI LACC will benefit no cost programs for people impacted by mental health conditions.

Please join one of our teams, create your own team or help us with your tax deductible donation to educate families and fight the stigma attached to all forms of serious mental illness…

Directing Change

Directing Change


Lights… Camera… Mental Health!

West LA College and NAMI Westside LA are proud to host the DIRECTING CHANGE cinematic event.  We will be screening videos produced by high school and college students throughout California as part of a contest run by CalMHSA, the California Mental Health Services Authority.  This event is funded by counties through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).  Come to see what amazing works of art were created and bring mental health awareness to schools and college campuses everywhere!

When: Wednesday September 30th, 2016 – 6:00 PM
Where: West LA College
9000 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
Room GC 160 General Classroom Bldg
Parking: Parking Lot 5 (free parking)

Please RSVP for your FREE ticket and food voucher to
rgehrlich@aol.com or 310.488.6113


BrainAreasImprove Your Brain Power!

UCLA researchers want to learn more about the benefits of participation in a game-like internet training program designed to improve thinking skills such as memory, attention, and concentration.

Who is eligible?

Individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia

What will you be asked to do?

You will start by participating in clinical interviewing and cognitive testing.  You will be assigned to either a computer training program or you will play computer games.  Both programs are designed to be challenging and fun!  All study activities will take place at UCLA.  The study requires frequent participation and takes place over a six month period.Your Read More Link Text

Hospitals Closing

Area Hospitals

In a recent issue of the NAMI Westside-LA newsletter, I wrote an editorial about the revolving door policy of many psychiatric wards. NAMI members know that it is usually difficult to get a relative placed on a 72-hour hold. If your relative is mentally unstable and would benefit from hospitalization, and doesn’t want to hospitalize himself, he or she needs to demonstrate that they are a danger to themselves or others, or are gravely disabled (i.e., unable to care for themselves), when the police or the psychiatric mobile response team responds to your call for help.  If your relative is able to hold it together for minutes, long enough to satisfy inquiries of authorities, nothing will be done. Often concerned caregivers have to call several times in order for the responding police and/or mental health workers to see the full, florid illness at work.

I Am Not Sick; I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment


IAmNotSickXavier Amador, Ph.D

Vida Press: 2010 10th Year Anniversary, 249 Pages
Language: English, Spanish

I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment

Dr. Amador is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience. He is a professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City and the author of eight books including this national best seller I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! In addition to his books, Dr. Amador was co-chair of the last text revision of the schizophrenia and related disorders section of the DSM IV-TR and is internationally sought-after speaker.

Among his academic and impressive professional credentials, Dr Amador is a past member of the board of directors of The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and director of research at NAMI.

In this book’s latest edition, Dr Amador explains that of 6 million Americans who suffer from severe mental illness, 50% believe they don’t have a mental illness. It is because they don’t have insight, a symptom technically known as anosognosia. It is not an act of denial on the patient’s part, the doctor explains, but considered to be caused by a neurological deficit. It is a symptom of the brain disorder, and not a willful psychological state.

Lack of insight results in refusal of treatment, often medication non-compliance, leading to delusions or hallucinations, lack of personal hygiene and isolation. And for many, drug and or alcohol abuse follow.

The question is, how do we reach our loved one, friend, spouse or patient to get them to do what will be good for them? Although the cure for schizophrenia has not been found, in his book Dr Amador offers us invaluable tools that will help us improve the lives of those afflicted with the illness. Dr Amador’s technique is simple. It is called LEAP, for Listen, Empathize, Agree and Partner. Listening, without commenting or disagreeing. Empathy, meaning showing genuine emotion even in the face of a person’s delusions. Agreeing, in a neutral way. Partnering with the person to achieve shared goals.

Dr Amador’s technique is based on his own personal experience in an effort to better understand and improve communication with his brother, the late Henry Amador, who had schizophrenia.

I Am Not Sick; I Don’t Need Help! is a must for family members, friends, therapists, and members of law enforcement, medical doctors and service providers. It teaches us all how to better communicate and convince someone with mental illness to accept treatment. It is a book that shows us we are not alone, and a guide to the road of recovery for those afflicted with schizophrenia who do need our help.

Review by: Silvia Kloc

I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment

Kindle: I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment

People in Affluent Nations May Be More Depression-Prone


A new study from World Health Organization researchers suggests that people living in affluent countries, including the U.S., tend to have higher rates of depression than nations with lower-incomes such as Mexico. In nearly 90,000 people face-to-face interviews, researchers surveyed representative samples of people in 18 countries on five continents and assessed their history of depression using a standardized list of nine criteria. Click here to Read More from CNN…

NAMI National Welcomes New Executive Director

Mary GilibertiNAMI National Announcement

On behalf of NAMI’s Board of Directors, I am very pleased to announce that we have chosen Mary Giliberti to serve as the next Executive Director. Mary succeeds Mike Fitzpatrick, who announced this past January that he would be stepping down at the end of the year.

Prior to joining NAMI, Mary served as a section chief of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Before that she served as NAMI’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy from 2006 to 2009, working closely with NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates.