A grassroots organization dedicated to assisting those living with mental illness and their families. With renowned programs, dedicated volunteers, publications, and online resources, we seek to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness.
Our mission encompasses:
EDUCATION: Our education programs provide the tools, awareness and coping skills needed to overcome the challenges faced by people and families affected by mental illness.
SUPPORT: We offer support groups facilitated by trained family members and individuals who have firsthand experience coping with mental illness.
OUTREACH: We strive to end discrimination and stigma for all those persons affected by mental illness through broader education and collaboration with the whole community.
ADVOCACY: We advocate for the rights of those living with mental illness and their families on the local, state and national levels, striving to raise awareness of mental health issues and improve access to care.
We would like to increase the number of In Our Own Voice presentations. NAMI In Our Own Voice is a unique presentation in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery. These are presentations that change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness, helping to reduce stigma.
We would also like to be able to provide more Basics classes. Basics is a free 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing mental illness.
In 2017, NAMI Solano County offered one or more sessions of each of its three educational programs (Family to Family, Peer to Peer, and NAMI Basics). Over the course of the year, 47 individuals graduated from a NAMI educational program. 155 support group sessions were held, serving more than 250 people at locations in Fairfield, Napa, and Vallejo.
The annual holiday gift bag service project grew by 25%, serving 500 individuals living with mental illness.
In 2018, we made eight presentations of our Ending the Silence program at two different high schools, helping 347 high school students become more aware of signs and symptoms of mental illness. A similar program, In Our Own Voice, has been presented twice each month to clients in psychiatric hospitals.
We also offered five sessions of our three educational programs (Family to Family, Peer to Peer, and Basics), two teacher trainings (Basics and Family to Family), plus four Connection Peer support groups each month.
In Our Own Voice costs about $400/month for two presentations. For 12 months, we will need $4800
Basics costs include materials, advertising. Advertising is typically about $750. Class materials for a class of eight would be about $100, for a total of $850.