General Meeting – April 9th “Ending the Silence” Presentation

Our April General Meeting will feature an “Ending the Silence” presentation. Helping middle-school and high-school youth understand mental illness can make a big difference. Moving stories from positive role models have the power to change kids’ views. The discussion gives students the rare opportunity to ask questions about mental health challenges to people who have…

General Meeting March 12 – Self-Care for Caregivers

Nicole Steward, MSW will be our March General Meeting speaker. Nicole believes that being a caregiver has its rewards and challenges. For many of us, as we care for others, we carry much of their struggle within us, which can cause burnout. The presentation will share information on how we carry the needs of others in our bodies along with some practical self-care tools to help us thrive as we care for others.

General Meeting February 12 – Ricque Brister, MD – Understanding Brain Chemistry

Ricque Brister, MD will be our February 12 General Meeting Speaker. She will “demystify” brain chemistry for us! Understanding how different chemistry affects perception and behavior helps to banish forever the stigma behind these imbalances and the belief that if you have this different chemistry you are somehow less than. Dr. Brister helps people strive…

General Meeting – Jan 8, 7 to 9 PM – Working with Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS) – 7:15 honoring Toni Tullys

Please join us at 7 P.M. in the auditorium of Good Samaritan Hospital (main building basement). At 7:15 we will honor Toni Tullys, Director of New Behavioral Health Department with a 2018 Community Merit Award, Refreshments will be served! Working with Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS) January’s General Meeting speaker will be Steven Sust, MD from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s Emergency…

NAMI-SCC General Meeting Nov. 2018

November’s General Meeting speaker is Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD at Stanford. She will discuss OCD treatment advances. Standard first-line treatments for OCD may not provide sufficient relief of OCD symptoms for all those seeking care; thus, there is an urgent need for alternative treatments. Dr. Rodriguez will summarize her recent work in novel medication, therapy…

October 9th General Meeting: Mary Barrea, Independent Living Center (SVILC)

October’s General Meeting speaker is Mary Barrea, Housing Coordinator at the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC), a disability justice organization that creates fully inclusive communities. SVILC offers a variety of services. Among these are their housing program which assists community members in their search for affordable and accessible housing in Santa Clara County. SVILC offers…

General Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 – Barbara Loebner and Gary Loebner

September’s General Meeting speakers will be Barbara and Gary Loebner. Barbara, an experienced attorney and Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, will discuss the importance of basic estate plan documents to managing your long-term needs and those of your children. You will learn how planning can avoid probate and how to authorize people you trust to…

General Meeting, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 
Compassionate Mental Health Crisis Response, John Costa

Our speaker will be John Costa who has an extensive background in law enforcement, police training and public education. After completing a 31-year career with the Palo Alto Police Department, John retired honorably at the supervisory rank of sergeant in 2009. During that time he was assigned to and supervised a myriad of specialized assignments. Since…