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Welcome to NAMI Sacramento

NAMI Sacramento

NAMI Sacramento is a grassroots, family and consumer self-help support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses. Severe mental illnesses are physically-based brain disorders that can profoundly disrupt a person's ability to think, feel, and relate to others and their environment.

NAMI Sacramento is the only local mental health agency offering support, education, and advocacy for people coping with their own mental illness and for their family members, too. We receive no government funding and are entirely self-supported. See About NAMI Sacramento for more about NAMI.


Family Support

NAMI Sacramento offers educational classes and family support groups and for family members of people coping with serious mental illness. See Education and Support Groups for more.


Support for People with Mental Illness

We offer classes to educate people with brain disorders so that they are better equipped to navigate through the experiences and challenges. See Education and Support Groups for more.


Trained Speakers are Available

NAMI Sacramento has trained In Our Own voice (IOOV) presenters ready to speak to your organization. For more detail about this program, see In Our Own Voice.


Join NAMI Sacramento

Join online and help our organization inform the community about mental illness and provide more support, education and advocacy in the Sacramento region. Contact us about volunteer opportunities, too.


NAMI Membership Committee

Addressing the needs of our members is a top priority for NAMI Sacramento. It is also vitally important that we reach out to the community as a whole and to attempt to address mental health concerns wherever possible.
     We hope to sustain and increase our membership to further support this mission. We would like to contact those who are not yet NAMI Sacramento members to encourage participation and membership. We would also like to have an ongoing discussion with our membership as to what NAMI Sacramento can do to help the lives of those with mental illness and their families. To serve this end we will periodically contact NAMI Sacramento membership for their feedback.
     We need your assistance. If you would like to help in this endeavor please contact NAMI Sacramento or Valerie Ries-Lerman at or by phone at 916 447 6203.


Openings Available - Your Help is Needed!

Are you interested in joining our volunteers to help us make Sacramento a better place for people with mental illness and their families? See Help Wanted.

Important Notice

 NAMI programs such as Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, and In Our Own Voice should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of mental health professionals. We cannot, and will not, assume the role of a physician or therapist. Please read this important notice about NAMI Sacramento's role in your mental health care.



A new Family Support group will begin in Elk Grove Jan 16, 2015. See Support Groups for information.

New Program!

Mental Health Respite from the stresses of life at Abiding Hope.


Next General Meeting:

  • Mon Jan 12, 2015

See General Meetings for more.

Next Board Meeting:

  • Mon Dec 22, 2014

See Board Meetings for more.

Donor Acknowledgments


Thank you to all the sponsors for the NAMIWALK 2014. We look forward to your participation in 2015.

What's New?

At December's general meeting, we recognized our major volunteers for 2014. Without these people, we would be hard pressed to provide the services we do to the folks in need of mental health services.

Connections Support Group facilitators: Kristie Russell (coordinator), Danielle Briggs, Paul Edises, Ann Gosse, Mark Kang, Sandra Marley, Doug Smith and Patricia Wentzel.

Family Support Group facilitators: Lynn Cathy, Caroline Caton, Pat Pavone, Clari Poppe, Steven Porter.

Family to Family teachers: Barry Pavan (Coordinator) Kaino Hopper, Deborah Starkey, Caroline Whitcomb, Nicole Williams and Diane Yee.

Basics teachers: Lynn Cathy, Ellen King.

CIT presenter: Pat Pavone (coordinator) Kathy Day , Susan Goodman.

Walkathon: Amy Frei, Louise Lockett, Diane Mitchell and Pat Pavone.

Harvesting Hope: Belinda Beckett, Diane Mintz, Judy Schoer, Evan Selby and Jill Wimberly.

Office: Tanisha Ganub, Galen Hazelhofer and Jill Wimberly (warmline), Bob Silva (website) and Jim Larsen (newsletter).

Thank you all for the time and energy you've dedicated towards people living with mental illness and their family members!


NAMI Sacramento cannot be held responsible for the use of the information we provide.
Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision
regarding treatment of yourself or others.