Blog articles from NAMI Santa Clara County

Moms on a Mission

By Moryt Milo  (June 8 General Meeting)    When Teresa Pasquini and Lauren Rettagliata released their “Housing That Heals” paper in May 2020, the study struck a nerve in the mental health community, and the women knew why.    “There was so much truth in what we were saying,” Teresa said.    A truth that advocated for local, state, and federal policymakers and community partners to think beyond the Housing First model and to…

Judge Manley Lauds Virtual Hearings, Effectiveness Increases

By Moryt Milo   When the pandemic forced court hearings onto virtual platforms, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Stephen Manley took his Behavioral Health Court hearings to the “client”—the Judge doesn’t refer to individuals as defendants. The judge met his clients virtually in their environments — in residential treatment facilities, homes, apartments, treatment programs,…

NAMI FaithNet Spotlight – Beit R’fuah – House of Healing

NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network striving to educate and support faith leaders in creating a mental health friendly, stigma-free congregations in Santa Clara County. In this blog series, we highlight local faith communities that are commited to this goal. Congregation Beth AM is truly one of Santa Clara County’s pioneers in developing a…

Falling into the Housing Gap

Four walls, a foundation, and roof provide shelter but not a safety net for those with mental health needs. It’s the supportive services within this structure and the next structure and the one after that that will determine an individual’s ability to recover.

Latino Families Find Answers on NAMI Español Webpage By Moryt Milo

NAMI Español extends a mental health lifeline to Latino families, especially in Santa Clara County where 25 percent of the population, or 500,000 people, make up the Latino community. Having a Spanish option within the NAMI Santa Clara County affiliate provides a comforting voice to those in need of mental health assistance. Lourdes Robles-Velazquez, who…

An Interview with Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg about Bedlam by Moryt Milo

Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg, a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction medicine, is also an acclaimed documentarian who explores issues on mental illness. A Peabody Award-winning producer on the subject of mental health, Dr. Rosenberg has produced six films for HBO and three for PBS. Dr. Rosenberg’s most recent documentary, Bedlam, was first screened in 2019 at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film, five years in the making, is a scorching denouncement of mental healthcare in our nation. Dr. Rosenberg wrote, directed, and produced the film, after first penning his book Bedlam: An Intimate Journey Into America’s Mental Health Crisis.

In an interview with NAMI-Santa Clara County, Dr. Rosenberg discusses the film and his mental health advocacy.

NAMI FaithNet Brings a Guiding Light By Moryt Milo

Spirituality can be a bridge between mental illness and science without proselytizing. This is the role of NAMI FaithNet. Cindy McCalmont, an ordained United Methodist Minister for 15 years, is part of the NAMI Santa Clara County leadership team for FaithNet. She notes that FaithNet is not a religious network. The focus is to assist…