NAMI San Diego is digitally migrating the bulk of our support group calendar online as we move through April, week by week. We currently have at least 15 family support groups that will be available online, with Peer Connection support groups migrating next and education opportunities coming soon.

NAMI Friends,

You may have heard in recent news articles about concerns regarding the security of the ZOOM platform for meetings.

Please be assured that this is something that NAMI San Diego takes very seriously. 

We NEVER record our meetings which would make us vulnerable to viewing on the cloud.

As a Host we are able to mute and remove any individual in the group who fails to comply with our NAMI Support Guidelines. Among the precautions that we take are the following:

  1. Only the Host can control chat access
  2. Only the Host can screen share
  3. If necessary, the Host can exclusively control the mute function
  4. The Host has the ability to remove an individual from the ZOOM meeting 

 If at any time you are uncomfortable during a ZOOM meeting you have the ability to turn off your camera, or leave the meeting. 

You are NOT Alone. 

We are thrilled to let you know that we will also be presenting weekly Education & Advocacy WELLNESS WEDNESDAY where subject matter experts bring personal experience and professional tools in order to create more wellness in your life. Through the ZOOM group sharing platform, hear a live presentation on mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual wellness each week. This free weekly series allows attendees to interact with presenters from 1 to 2pm.  Following each Wellness Wednesday presentation, from 2pm to 2:30pm, NAMI San Diego has brought back the ever popular ASK THE DOCTOR, now a virtual open Q&A time with University of California, San Diego psychiatrists from the Community Psychiatry Program

family-to-familyThis free program for Adults (18 and older) is comprised of a series of 12 classes for the families of persons with serious and persistent brain disorders (mental illnesses). These classes are small and represent a new concept and curriculum. In this model, the course co-teachers are family members themselves and the course has been designed and written by an experienced family member-mental health professional. The course balances education and skill-training with self care, emotional support and empowerment.

Important components of the course are:

  • Information about Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Bipolar Illness (Manic Depression), Panic Disorder, and Obsessive Disorder (OCD).
  • Coping skills, handling crisis and relapse.
  • Listening and communication techniques.
  • Problem solving and limit setting; rehabilitation.
  • Understanding the actual experience of people suffering from mental illnesses.
  • Self-care; learning how to recognize normal emotional reactions among families to chronic worry and stress.
  • Basic information about medications and their side effects.
  • Information about connecting with appropriate community services and community supports.
  • Advocacy: getting better services, fighting discrimination.
  • Remember, seating is limited.

How Do I Register?


If you found a class that works for your schedule:

  • Click on the Family-to-Family Calendar icon.
  • Find the class you want to register for in the calendar and click on the class which will open a registration page.
  • Complete the registration information. You will be contacted prior to the start date of the class.

If you did not find a class that works for your schedule, we are frequently adding new classes, please click on the green Add Me to the Interest List button and complete the information page.

For more information, email, or call 619 543-1434 or 800 523-5933

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