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Are you, or someone you care about, facing a mental health challenge?

We can help. The NAMI Sonoma County Warmline offers non-crisis support, information and help with finding resources that can help.

We also offer free support groups and classes that can help when life is impacted by mental health challenges, as well as presentations for students and community groups that raise awareness and build understanding of mental health.

Please explore this website to learn more about us. Contact our bilingual Warmline at 866-960-6264 to speak to a Warmline Specialist, in English or Spanish. If you do not reach us, please leave your name and a number when you can be reached so that we can return the call.

June 15, 2019

Many mental health issues manifest themselves in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. Recognizing and acting on the early warning signs of mental illness may make a difference, but it begins by removing stigma through positive and honest conversations about mental health. Here are some tips on talking with your child about mental health, whether it pertains to you, them, or someone else in your family.

Be open and Read More

    You may know that a lack of self-confidence can have a negative impact on the rest of your life — but what is self-confidence? And how do you cultivate it? Here are a few tips for understanding and improving your self-confidence, and the impact it has on your mental health.

    The following is adapted from the June 3, 2019 New York Times article “Practical Ways to Improve Your Confidence (and Why Read More

    Read about one author’s experience with psychosis, and the steps she took after a period of hospitalization and recovery to discover a part of her identity she thought she had lost. The following is an excerpt; you can read the entire post on the NAMI blog:

    “I was working on a PhD in the humanities when I experienced my first episode of psychosis. I quickly spiraled Read More

    On Wednesday, June 12, we invite you to join us for our annual meeting and a presentation by the SmithWaters Group on Patient Rights’ Advocacy (PRA). Sharing their lived experience with mental health challenges, Frank and Bill SmithWaters have decades of experience providing PRA services in Napa, Lake, and Sacramento Counties. They now service Sonoma County (as of July 2018). They’ll discuss their role overseeing LPS certification hearings, as well as handling grievances, mandated Read More

    High school students are more aware of and willing to learn about mental illness, including warning signs, where to get help, and how to reach out. Despite this, they are still more likely to experience anxiety and depression than they were a generation ago; suicide rates are also on the rise around the U.S. among teenagers.

    One NAMI Ending the Silence presenter, Tracy Greenberg, shared her story of Read More

    A recent study has found that, following a five-week course that taught skills for coping with stress, people caring for loved ones with dementia experienced decreased levels of depression and anxiety.

    Dr. Judith Moskowitz of Northwestern University conducted a study, published in the May 2019 edition of Health Psychology, wherein hundreds of caregivers enrolled in a five-week course that taught techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing, goal-setting, Read More

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