What is the Warmline?
The Warmline is a non-crisis helpline operating Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 7 PM, excluding holidays. Knowledgeable and compassionate NAMI staff members and volunteers staff the Warmline. While they are not licensed mental health professionals, they are trained to provide information, resources, caring attention and non-judgmental support.
The NAMI Sonoma County Warmline answers all kinds of questions related to mental illness, treatment options, recovery strategies and communication challenges that arise for family members and loved ones. We also provide resource referrals and support.
How to Contact the Warmline
- Call 866-960-6264
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Begin an online chat at namisoco.org
- Send a text message to 866-960-6264 (standard SMS charges apply)
- Visit us at 182 Farmers Lane, Suite 202, Santa Rosa CA 95402
Is there a cost to use the Warmline?
No, the Warmline service is free; however SMS texting rates apply if you choose to communicate by text.
Can the Warmline help if my primary language is Spanish?
We do have trained NAMI staff members who are able to conduct Warmline conversations in Spanish; if these individuals are not available, please leave us a message so that your call can be returned.
What kind of issues can the Warmline help with?
- Getting the facts about mental illness
- Helping loved ones to better cope with the challenges of mental illness
- Understanding mental health law and the criminal justice system
- What to do if a family member living with mental illness has been arrested
- How to access mental health services
- How to overcome obstacles to getting a family member to seek help with mental illness
- Where to find support groups, including our own
- Getting more information about NAMI’s educational programs & presentations
- Obtaining referrals to mental health services in Sonoma County
- Finding additional help with legal issues, financial and housing assistance and social support
What should you expect when connected to a Warmline helper?
- If calling, you’ll reach a Warmline staff member or volunteer, who will introduce themself; if the line is busy, you’ll be asked to leave a voicemail so that we can return the call. Alternatively, you may email Warmline@namisoco.org.
- If chatting or texting, feel free to enter or text information that you would like to share while you wait to be connected. Once connected, the staff member or volunteer will introduce themself, reflect on what you’ve said, and ask that you continue to share at your own pace.Our Warmline staff and volunteers will listen and ask questions. They will offer support, help you to create a plan for your next steps and refer you to appropriate resources.
Are Warmline conversations confidential?
The information shared will remain completely confidential, with two exceptions. If the Warmline staff member or volunteer feels that you are in immediate danger of suicide, they may decide to contact emergency services on your behalf. If information about an abusive situation involving a minor or elderly individual is shared, the Warmline staff member or volunteer is mandated to report the situation.
How long are Warmline conversations?
These conversations typically end when you and the Warmline staff member or volunteer have created a plan or discussed resources. On average, these conversations close after about 20 minutes, in order that additional callers can be accommodated.
After the conversation, you’ll receive an optional survey to let us know about your Warmline experience. Your feedback helps us to be of better help to you and others!
Is there a limit to how often I contact the Warmline?
Contact the Warmline whenever you need support or information. You may not be able to re-connect with the exact same staff member or volunteer, but each of Warmline helpers receive the same training and are equally willing to provide you with support.
How do I become a NAMI Warmline volunteer?
Please visit our Volunteers page to learn more about becoming trained as a Warmline volunteer.
This free drop-in recovery support group meets weekly and is open to individuals living with serious mental illness. Led by a trained peer, the group provides a safe and confidential space to share challenges, helpful strategies and gain support. To see upcoming dates and locations, please see our calendar. Learn more.
Additional Sonoma County Resources: Peer Centers
Interlink Self-Help Center
1033 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
A peer managed and operated, safe environment for those facing mental health challenges, offering support for self-directed recovery and wellness.
Petaluma Peer Recovery Project
1360 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
A mental health consumer-run organization dedicated to empowering the local mental health community through peer support.
Russian River Empowerment Center
A consumer-driven mental health and wellness drop-in center that provides a safe and supportive haven for those who want to transcend serious and persistent mental illness.
Wellness and Advocacy Center
3400 Chanate Road, Santa Rosa
A consumer-operated mental health self-help center.